Mozilla Ending Its Firefox OS Smartphone Line
While the phones are being discontinued, Mozilla is being coy about whether the Firefox OS itself will remain or be dropped as well.Mozilla is ending the development and sales of its low-priced Firefox OS smartphones after two years of trying unsuccessfully to compete with other mobile phones on the market. The company appears to be continuing to offer and support its Firefox OS operating system at this point, but that could change in the future. The announcement was made at a Mozilla developer event in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 8 and was confirmed in a statement sent to eWEEK from Ari Jaaksi, the company's senior vice president of connected devices. "Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs," wrote Jaaksi. "However, we weren't able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels." At the same time, though, the company "will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices" involving Firefox OS, he wrote. "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."
Jaaksi said the company will "share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon," leaving the ultimate fate of the Firefox OS operating system up in the air.