Firefox OS Smartphones Are No More (But it's No Great Loss)

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Firefox OS -- you know, the smartphone operating system you’ve never used? -- will no longer exist as a mobile platform. Mozilla’s SVP of connected devices, Ari Jaaski, has announced that the company will cease development of Firefox OS handsets, as the software didn’t offer the best of user experiences. However, that’s not to say that Firefox OS is dead. Jaaski says it’ll continue to exist as an open source project.

Firefox OS is only two years old, having been unveiled in early 2013, but it never struck a chord with consumers. Mozilla wanted to hit developing markets with cheap handsets that offered a web-first experience, but any initial interest quickly died down.

This has been a morning of goodbyes, with Google having pulled the Nexus 6 from its online store. We expect that bit of news to have slightly more significance amongst consumers. [TechCrunch]

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