Mozilla to end Firefox mobile OS
Mozilla is closing development on Firefox OS for smartphones and instead aims to break the IoT market
Mozilla has announced that Firefox OS would no longer feature on smartphones, but instead it plans to move its focus from Firefox OS to the Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
In May, this year, the company is expected to release version 2.6 of the OS, after which no Mozilla staff will be involved in the development of Firefox OS for smartphones.
Firefox OS was once intended to be a web-focused yet lightweight platform which enabled device manufacturers to develop basic and low-cost smartphones for emerging markets. However as competing operating systems have dominated the market, such as Android, iOS and Windows Phone, the company has stated it was always ‘playing catch-up' with them.
In a statement released by Mozilla's George Rotor wrote: "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.
"The main reason they are being made is to ensure we are focusing our energies and resources on bringing the power of the web to IoT."
He added: "And let's remember why we're doing this: we're entering this exciting, fragmented space to ensure users have choice through interoperable, open solutions and for us to act as their advocates for data privacy and security."
The statement also revealed Mozilla would accept submissions for Android, desktop and tablet apps in its Firefox Marketplace right into 2017.