Farewell, Firefox OS! Mozilla will no longer offer Firefox OS devices through carriers


Get a handkerchief ready and prepare to wave goodbye to one of the underdogs on the mobile OS scene - Firefox OS. Unfortunately, Mozilla has just announced that it will no longer develop Firefox OS and offer Firefox OS-powered smartphones through carrier channels. The reason for the nixing of Firefox OS is, in Mozilla's own words, the sub-par user experience that the platform offered to the end user. 

Here follows the official statement issued by Mozilla's SVP of Connected Devices, Ari Jaaksi:


Still it's worth noting that the end of development of the platform doesn't necessarily mean that Firefox OS is dead. While Mozilla will no longer bother with pouring resources and know-how into this bottomless well, adventurous users will most likely be able to manually flash any of the available version on a compatible device or even lay their paws on a handset that comes with Firefox OS right out of the box. Still, it is said that Mozilla might check out how the OS would handle other connected devices or Internet of Things networks. Smart TVs, anyone? 

So, how did things end up like this? Formerly known as "Boot to Gecko" or "B2G", Firefox OS was officially announced in 2012 as an open-source alternative to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Firefox OS made its way to a flurry of devices, the vast majority of which are sold mainly in developing countries and were priced quite aggressively. Some examples for Firefox OS-powered devices are the Alcatel One Touch Fire, a disappointing device that earned a lowly rating of 2/10 in our review, the OneTouch Pixi 3 (4), ZTE Open C, and others. Even in its heyday, Firefox OS was well behind every other smartphone OS in terms of market share. 

Regardless, losing a competitor is usually a bad sign for the industry, as it means that it has become a smidgen less competitive than before. Firefox OS never actually stood a chance against iOS and Android, but its untimely demise clearly shows that the existing duopoly is a tough nut to crack - go ask Microsoft if you don't believe us!



source: Mozilla via Techcrunch

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10 Comments

1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

I really feel sorry for the small OS developers . Fire fox was never used in a flagship , that's why no one was interested . People only looks at the best , top shelf , expensive ones and recognises them .

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well marketing and all aside, they largely tried to sell it in the US as far as I can tell, and that is a place of brand over brains dominance. They should have tried to gain ground in more mobile diverse places in developing nations.

4. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Problem was, it lacks app stores. And developers to fully promote firefox OS. There's no room on this world for another OS. The only known to be accepted by all is ios, android, windows, linux, amazon, and symbian.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

As a Firefox desktop browser user I'm a big fan of Mozilla, but this market was too hard to break into. If Ubuntu barely gets any share in mobile OS, what hope was there for Firefox OS.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This came out about 5 years later than it should have. Goodbye FFOS, we barely knew ye.

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

As said earlier breaking into the market with an OS is insane at this point.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Surprised it took so long.

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

actually no one need new OS when android is available and work with low end specifications very well and have a great apps store fire fox never got a chance against android and we all know it

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

After how crappy their web browser has been on both Windows and Android, last thing I want is an OS made by the same devs. On my OnePlus One, the browsing experience was outright frustrating like my past iphones if not worse. Browser tabs kept refreshing as if my OnePlus One was low on RAM and can't count how many times this nonsense refreshing has made me loose a wall of text when I switched to a separate tab to do further research for the content I was typing. To make things worse, the text selection, cursor and various parts of the UI were laggy as s**t. Ended up surrendering my bookmarks and open tab history to google, via chrome, to get a much better browsing experience. On my Surface Pro 2, I've tried giving firefox multiple chances, but the experience is just sluggish and jittery compared to both IE 11 and Chrome. I now use IE 11 as my default browser, 'cause of Chrome being an intentionally gimped experience (bit.ly/1s3TSlH) on PC+ devices like my Surface Pro, and keep Chrome for it's better set of extensions and much better handling of multiple tabs. IE 11 tends to hang when I have 30+ tabs open, but that seems to be fixed in Edge as it uses Chrome's multiple-process technique for tabs. However, Edge still lacks extensions. Once Edge gains extensions in the Redstone update, would proudly ditch chrome from my Surface Pro and upgrade to the less buggy Windows 10.

10. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Their interface was way much friendly than Windows Mobile is.

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