Did you know Mozilla Firefox has an Operating System for phones, just like Android and iOS, you will probably say ‘NO’. Well if you’re just finding out, Mozilla indeed has an OS; the company recently announced that it will stop further development on the Mozilla Firefox OS with the release of version 2.6 (slated for the end of May).
Along with the stopping of further development of Firefox OS, the platform will stop supporting apps, “Apps that currently work on Desktop and Android will no longer function on those platforms since the Web Runtime (WebRT) will be removed and will no longer be able to install or launch apps”. However, app updates of previous Firefox OS will still be accepted as well as new free apps developed for Firefox OS phones developers until 2017.
This move have being hinted since December last year, when announced by Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices, in early December during an event, that the company has the “intent to pivot from “Firefox OS” to “Connected Devices” and to a focus on exploring new product innovations in the IoT (internet of things) space. In addition, the company stated in December “that the circumstances of multiple established operating systems and app ecosystems meant that they were playing catch-up, and the conditions were not there for Mozilla to win on commercial smartphones”. In a bid to focus, its resources on developing product for the internet of things (IoT)
The popularity of the Mozilla Firefox OS pales drastically when compared to Android and iOS. I personally have seen zero phones running on a Firefox software. The company’s idea of providing an custom OS was definitely gutsy, but obviously failed to draw enough attention. Mozilla’s Firefox OS might be unrecognized but its Firefox browser certainly cannot be described as unrecognized or unpopular.