It seem that Mozilla is bringing its smartphone Firefox OS experiment to an end today with breaking news that the web browsing platform will cease development on it’s smartphone OS after the release of the version 2.6 of the operating system.
This news will most definitely signal the end of the Firefox OS by the information released on Mozilla official blog in December 2015 by Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s senior vice-president of connected devices.
“Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us,” he said at the time. “We will prototype this future starting right now using technologies developed as part of the Firefox OS project to give us a kick start.”
The Firefox OS goal was designed to help manufacturers build budget devices in developing markets, and it now seem that direction may no longer be an option based on the news released this week. But with the market already dominated by other platforms, including Android, it was difficult for the Firefox OS to gain traction. As of May 2016, the Firefox smartphone staff will no longer be working on the web-focused OS platform. Truly sad to read this news this week, lets hope that Mozilla connected devices plans can succeed where their smartphone OS struggled to be mainstream.