Mozilla shuts down its Firefox OS

On the smartphone market, there is a fight that never seems to end. All these smartphones are running a particular operating system. Of course, there is a fight, too. However, this fight seems to be taken by Android and iOS, which are probably the best OS at the moment. 

These two operating systems are not alone, because there are other OS on the market, like Windows 10 or Firefox OS. These days, Mozilla has made an interesting announcement, declaring that they will stop selling its Firefox OS to carriers and even cease development of the operating system for smartphones. This is a surprising announcement, because Mozilla has declared that Firefox OS is one of its major projects. 

“The current Firefox OS team will stay intact and continue to work on the new experiments across connected devices,” has declared Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla 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,” the statement added. “However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible, and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels,” he continued. 

This is a bad announcement, making developers realize how hard is to compete with giants like Android and Apple’s iPhone. Without a doubt that these two companies are dominating smartphone sales. This is the second announcement made by Mozilla this week, after the famous company declared that they will intend to shut down email client Thunderbird, a project that was not updated since 2012. Firefox OS was a huge opportunity for this company to find relevance in the mobile world, but it looks like they did not manage to find the right way to survive on the market. 

Firefox OS was first called Boot to Gecko in 2011, but the first version was released in 2013. This was a change for Mozilla to get Firefox in front of mobile phones, considering the fact that Google and Apple bundle their own web browser by default in the user’s mobile operating system. Unfortunately, there wasn’t so much interest from customers to buy their smartphones. However, probably Mozilla will have more luck improving the web experience for users that are already using other platforms. 

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