It was just a few weeks ago when Mozilla was encouraging smartphone users to download an app that let them experience the Firefox OS without having to flash the device. In a latest communication to the technology publication TechCrunch, Mozilla has declared that it will no longer be working on the Firefox OS. Frankly the application that allowed you to use Firefox OS without flashing your device was quite rickety and it was apparent that no serious attempt has been made to create a competent smartphone operating system. According to the update from Mozilla’s senior VP of Connected Devices Ari Jaaksi:
We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. 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.
Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels.
We’ll share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon.
With Firefox OS, Mozilla was targeting smartphone markets that were looking for phones cheaper than the cheapest Android devices. Unfortunately for Mozilla, the market is already flooded with such smartphone devices, and when you compare them to the Firefox OS offerings, they look and feel much better.
Although many manufacturers were interested in trying out the Firefox OS, consumers weren’t just ready to give it a shot.
“Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs,” said 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.”