Firefox OS was first released in February 2013, with the aim of targeting the developing community with low-cost handsets. It received criticism for its exceptionally low-cost (more like low-end) phones; how low you ask?
Mozilla finally realized that their phones weren’t able to provide “the best user experience possible”, so they are just shutting down their production and development all together.The announcement was made at a Mozilla’s developer event in Orlando.
Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices told the following to TechCrunch:
“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,”
Firefox OS and its carrier partners focused on a web-first platform, with no native apps (only web apps). The devices running the OS failed to garner decent sales as it did not interest the larger developing community or consumers.