Mozilla Officially Ends Support for Firefox OS on Smartphones in May, Shifts Focus to IoT Apps
Back in December last year, Mozilla announced that it would stop developing Firefox OS for smartphones, and shift the focus of its web resources to Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Today, the company has officially confirmed that the arrival of Firefox 2.6 in May will mark the last release of Firefox OS supported on smartphones.
“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,” wrote Mozilla’s George Rotor in a blog post.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Boot to Gecko, which was what Firefox OS was rebranded from, continues to live on as an open source operating system.
At the same time, Mozilla stated that it would no longer be accepting submissions for Android, Desktop, and Tablet apps in its Firefox Marketplace, and would also remove all apps that do not support Firefox OS.