Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Firefox smartphone operating system is being
shut down, three years after a launch aimed at
challenging the dominant platforms powered by
Apple and Google, developers said Thursday.
The operating system created by the Mozilla
developer community as an open-source system
failed to gain traction in mobile devices, according
to a statement from Mozilla developer George
Roter.
“Through the work of hundreds of contributors we
made an awesome push and created an
impressive platform in Firefox OS,” he said in a
blog post.
“However, as we announced in December, the
circumstances of multiple established operating
systems and app ecosystems meant that we were
playing catch-up, and the conditions were not
there for Mozilla to win on commercial
smartphones.”
Roter said Mozilla has set “our plan to end-of-life
support for smartphones after the Firefox OS 2.6
release” which means that “Firefox OS for
smartphones will no longer have staff involvement
beyond May.”
In 2013, Mozilla announced a tie-up with Spanish-
based GeeksPhone to introduce two low-cost
devices powered by Firefox.
Firefox devices made by China’s ZTE and TCL
were announced in 2014 at a cost as low as $25.
Roter said Mozilla made the decision as part of a
push “to pivot from ‘Firefox OS’ to ‘connected
devices'” and would be focusing on developing
open-source software for the Internet of Things —
a category which includes everything from
connected cars to lightbulbs.
“As of today, we have three projects that have
passed the first gate including (a) smart TV and
about a dozen more projects are prepping for
review,” he said.

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