Mozilla’s head of Core Contributors, George Roter, announced on Thursday that it will close down all support for its own Firefox OS. Roter said the company is turning its attention towards the Internet of Things, and especially ‘Connected Devices’.
Mozilla will release version 2.6 of the OS in May and development will end after that. A spokesman for Mozilla said to PCMag that the team will be shuffled to “other product initiatives across Connected Devices and other Mozilla teams”.
In a separate blog post, Ari Jaaksi, the senior vice president of Connected Devices at the Mozilla Foundation, lamented the end of Firefox OS for smartphones.
He said: “Our team and community made an awesome push and created an impressive platform, but the circumstances were not there for Mozilla to win in the commercial smartphone game”.
The goal with the OS was to break the grip that Android and iOS have on the mobile market. Mozilla played up its open-source component, which relies on the community to help improve the operating system.
Firefox OS was Web based, providing Internet apps instead of native options. The idea was both new, and according to Mozilla, scalable. This would allow it to run on a range of devices.
Firefox OS proved, ultimately, to be far less popular among customers than the company had expected. Mozilla tried to update the OS and add new features and functionality, but it never truly got off the ground as a serious competitor.