Mozilla's Firefox OS for smartphones is no more

10/12/2015 06:29

Mozilla's Firefox OS for smartphones is no more

Mozilla’s attempt to create an open OS for the mobile hasn’t fared well and the company has announced that they will “stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels". However, the company did say that they will continue to experiment on connected devices and IOT (Internet of Things). As for Firefox OS, it will remain open-source and will be available for developers who want to work further on the platform.
 
Talking at the Mozilla’s developer event in Orlando, Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices told, “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."

He further added, "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 which was originally called the “Boot to Gecko” project came into existence in early 2013. The OS is based on the Linux kernel and also uses, rendering engine from the Firefox web browser. The OS used web based apps which were made using HTML5 and JavaScript. The whole experience was not as robust as a Android or iOS based smartphone.
 
In order to make the OS “The OS” for early adopters, the company partnered with multiple smartphone makers and offered very affordable phones. In India the company partnered with Intex to came out with the Intex Cloud FX. Besides that, Firefox partnered with other local manufacturers across the globe to offer low cost phones to lure in first time smartphone buyers. However, the OS failed to catch the attention of the masses. The OS was further neglected due to the ready availability of Android powered affordable smartphones in the same price bracket.