Firefox OS for smartphones is dead

Mozilla has announced it will no longer work on or sell smartphones based on its Firefox OS mobile operating system.

TechCrunch reported that the company made the announcement at its recent Mozlando event in Florida.

Firefox OS was first announced in the beginning of 2013, with the first devices running on the platform unveiled at the start of June 2013.

Devices built on the platform did not hit South African retail until April 2015.

Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of connected devices, provided the following statement on the company’s decision to drop its mobile operating system.

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.

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