Mozilla plans to discontinue development of the mobile Firefox OS which they were working for many years. The OS was intended to bring good user experience for low-end phones.
Mozilla was banking on the smartphones in Sub $50 (Rs. 3000) price range to meet the consumer need for a good smartphone in low budget.
End of the Road for Firefox OS
Mozilla even tied up with the Indian low-cost smartphone sellers like Intex and Spice to launch sub Rs. 2,000 mobile phones to cater to the ultra-affordable mobile phone market.
Mozilla first showcased a $30 smartphone at the MWC (mobile world congress) 2014, held in Barcelona. As they intended to launch in developing countries like India, Brazil, Russia, China and other SAARC nations.
Now the entire plan has gone for a toss. Mozilla’s Senior Vice President of Connected Devices, Ari Jaaksi, said that they are stopping stop for Firefox OS for Careers.
Why Mozilla FireFox OS Failed?
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 Firefox OS smartphone through carrier channels. ` Ari Jaaksi (Mozilla)
However, the OS is not completely dead. Mozilla spokesman said, “they will continue to do experiments on the OS and will do some further development”.
“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. Also, 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.
But as per some of the Analyst, the OS is not going anywhere as Android has really evolved and with Google’s focus on the Android One initiative. Google will continue to offer superior support for the low-end smartphones and will continue to rein the low-end smartphone market. We are expecting Sundar Pichai to deliver the roadmap for Android One 2.0 while is visiting India in late December’15.
Like Mozilla OS, Samsung’s Tizen OS is also a flop and buyers in developing countries are only buying smartphones powered by Android. The huge developer community support and availability of cheaper mobiles with latest Android Lollipop OS has led to massive growth of Android in the developing world.
The Richi Rich of the world uses the iOS. And Windows lacks support from developers with very limited models in circulation. Android is going to rule for at least some more years without any threat in-sight.