Remember a few years ago you heard about Firefox OS that would run on all devices? Firefox OS was initially started as an Android or iOS alternative and you could even get some smartphones running on the Mozilla operating system. You could even download Firefox OS and install it on your current Android phone. Then suddenly it vanished. It just couldn’t compete with Android.
In a statement to CNET, Mozilla said
We have shifted our internal approach to the internet-of-things opportunity to step back from a focus on launching and scaling commercial products to one focused on research and advanced development, dissolving our connected devices initiative and incorporating our internet-of-things (IoT) explorations into an increased focus on emerging technologies.
Firefox OS was a part of Mozilla’s connected devices initiative to move beyond the web browser. Firefox OS was supposed to run on smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. It was a free source and open source platform, supposed to be an Android alternative. The development of the software was discontinued in September 2016.
Although 50 employees were working on Firefox OS and currently they are being laid off, they may be re-employed in other endeavours. Mozilla is putting in lots of resources into its Internet of things projects.