As we all know very well that Mozilla’s idea for Firefox was clear. Creating an alternate operating system to Android and that would be used in low-end smartphones. But this dream eventually falls to the ground and the Firefox OS was eventually abandoned.
Mozilla Stopped All The Commercial Development Of Firefox OS
Mozilla’s idea for Firefox was clear. Creating an alternate operating system to Android and that would be used in low-end smartphones.
But this dream eventually falls to the ground and the Firefox OS was eventually abandoned. Now, several months after being put aside, Mozilla announced the end of its operating system.
Launched in 2013, the Firefox OS, also known as Boot2Gecko or B2G, intended to be an open operating system, designed for phones launched in emerging markets thus have a reduced price. It never caught on, even with the support of several operators and manufacturers, something that eventually led to the project to be changed course in early 2015, focusing on qualities phones.
But even with this new change, Firefox OS would eventually abandon smartphones, switching to new markets, with the IoT and other equipment to be the new focus.
The End of Firefox OS
But it all came back now to change and Mozilla just once with Firefox OS. According to the company’s two figureheads, Ari Jaaksi and David Bryant, the team’s Firefox OS evaluated the future of this operating system and concluded that it is not suitable for devices where it was getting ready to be used.
“In the spring and summer of 2016 the Connected Devices team dug deeper into opportunities for Firefox OS. They concluded that Firefox OS TV was a project to be run by our commercial partner and not a project to be led by Mozilla. Further, Firefox OS was determined to not be sufficiently useful for ongoing Connected Devices work to justify the effort to maintain it. This meant that development of the Firefox OS stack was no longer a part of Connected Devices, or Mozilla at all. Firefox OS 2.6 would be the last release from Mozilla.”.
These new devices were TVs, keyboards, routers, USB dongles, tablets and even on the Raspberry Pi. This whole new area would be developed for way too open and available for brands that wanted to use the Firefox OS.
Mozilla’s idea for Firefox OS now turns it over to the community and expect this to develop away from any control. The latest released version is 2.6 and is not expected to arise any new versions or updates. Thus it’s the end of another project that had a lot to offer and that ultimately can not succeed, thanks in part to the weight of competition and supply that are on the market.