Mozilla to stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones

Rapid Mike
Posted on December 09, 2015, 6:00 am
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Mozilla has announced that it will stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones. The company will continue to experiment on how it might work on other connected devices and Internet of Things networks.

Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices stated:

“We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. We will build everything we do as a genuine open source project, focused on user experience first and build tools to enable the ecosystem to grow.

Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels.

We’ll share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon.”

Firefox OS first launched in 2013 and was designed with low-cost smartphones and late adopters to the world of mobile in mind. However, the platform was held back by a lack of native applications. All Firefox OS apps were web-based and require an internet connection to work. Reports surfaced at one point that the operating system would eventually run native Android applications.

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