Wednesday, 09 December 2015 12:38

Goodbye to Firefox OS smartphones

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One smartphone operating system has exited the market with the Mozilla Project announcing on Tuesday that it will stop its experiment with Firefox OS on smartphones.

The announcement was made at its developer event being held in Orlando, Florida.

The OS is not dead, however, as Mozilla says it will continue to see how it can work on other connected devices.

Curiously, as this announcement was being made at the conference, the Mozilla Corporation's chief legal and business office Denelle Dixon-Thayer put out a long statement on the The Mozilla Blog, which made absolutely no mention of ending the smartphone project!

Little information has been provided by Mozilla about ceasing its smartphone experiment. This is in keeping with the trend of an open source organisation that has grown to be dominated by suits.

In a brief statement to TechCrunch, Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices said: "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."

The last press announcement about Firefox OS was put out nearly a year ago. And the last blog post about the OS was in May this year. It looks like the writing was on the wall for a long time.

Phones with Firefox OS were first launched in July 2013, but failed to gain enough traction on in a market crowded with low-end Android devices.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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