Firefox OS will end support after version 2.6
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Even though we focus on Android here at AndroidSPIN, it’s been an interesting experience watching Firefox OS try and break into the mobile industry. It’s been enlightening, definitely for us, but presumably for the team at Mozilla as well. Unfortunately for Mozilla, however, that enlightening has informed them that it might be time to end the experiment that is Firefox OS and instead focus on IoT (Internet of Things) projects instead. Here’s Mozilla’s statement on the end of Firefox OS:
“Through the work of hundreds of contributors we made an awesome push and created an impressive platform in Firefox OS. 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. We have decided that in order to succeed in the new area of Connected Devices we must focus our energy completely on prototyping the future and exploring how we can make the biggest impact in IoT.”
Firefox OS support will cease after version 2.6. This news is probably a bit of a bummer for the people who have sunk time into seeing whether Firefox OS might have the legs to steal a part of the smartphone market, but it’s probably a necessary lesson that will hopefully serve as a precedent for other companies thinking about having a go as well.
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