Mozilla ditches plans to launch a $25 smartphone, might bring Android apps to Firefox OS

Mozilla ditches plans to launch a $25 smartphone, might bring Android apps to Firefox OS
Over a year ago, Mozilla announced plans to launch a $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone before the end of 2014, starting in markets like India and Indonesia. The $25 prototype device that Mozilla showcased last year (pictured on the left) had a 3.5-inch display with 320 x 480 pixels, Wi-Fi, a 1 GHz single core Spreadtrum SC8621 processor, and a 2 MP rear camera. The handset hasn't been released anywhere yet, and it turns out that it's never going to be commercially available.

CNET got hold of an e-mail from Mozilla CEO Chris Beard to employees, according to which the company hasn't "seen sufficient traction for a $25 phone," and won't "pursue all parts of the program." Even so, Firefox OS remains an important part of Mozilla's mobile strategy, and the company is now planning to make "phones and connected devices that people want to buy because of the experience, not simply the price." In other words, Mozilla will focus on improving Firefox OS, rather than trying to make the cheapest handset possible.

One of the things that could make Firefox OS more attractive to end users is: access to more apps. And Mozilla is actually thinking about "implementing Android app compatibility," though only "key apps" might be included.

All in all, Mozilla remains committed to "aggressively invest in the Firefox OS opportunity." Thus, although the company won't release any $25 smartphones, we will certainly see new Firefox OS handsets in the future.

source: CNET via The Verge

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10 Comments

1. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Would have made a great "spare" phone to have while other phones get repaired/fixed (e.g my s5 active) :-( oh well

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6904; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

With the kickstarter and that $9 chip which offers a 1 GHz Allwinner A13 cortex-A8 with 512 mb of ram, 4 GB of storage, plus WiFi and Bluetooth on a board. With something like that, then all you need is a touch screen, battery, case, and Sim card with 3G/4G hardware. Heck if they made it modular, well now we are getting into an Ara device. Maybe Firefox can make a Firefox AP module in the future. Considering you can have up to two AP (application processors) on one Ara device.

2. gaming64 unregistered

To be honest, I like their OS.

3. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Where is Ara btw? Vaporwares, vaporwares.....ROFL.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 6904; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its coming to Puorte Rico in a few months. Its the test bed.

4. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

haiz... Liar... i knew it not posibble to create a $25 smartphone and still get profit

5. Elfmonster unregistered

Sad. Could've been the beginning of a serious evolution of phone prices. Fortunately some phones are coming in dirt cheap now, though, especially the Glyde / second-hand market.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1017; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Only "key apps', what does that even mean? You'd decide for the people that'd buy it the key apps or what?

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yes. also the top ten used apps that has probably virtually unchanged for a year or more.

10. johnh3

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Well I guess its more or less dead now. I read a article for about 3 years ago: "Mozilla brings a knife to a gun fight, and Firefox OS can't win" By Mihaita Bamburic in betanews. Seems it was correct.

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