Mozilla has finally decided to bid adieu to its Firefox mobile operating system technology. The maker of the open source web browser announced its decision to stop offering Firefox OS phones through operators on Tuesday at its annual developer conference in Orlando.
Even as the desktop browser has managed to stay afloat in the face of competition from Google Chrome, the Android and iPhone platforms proved to be invincible for them.
Though acclaimed as one of its Major projects in its recent annual report, the withdrawal from the smartphone arena does not come as a surprise. Firefox-based phones were offered as low-cost alternatives to the hugely popular Android and iOS, and they never really took off.
The desktop browser by Mozilla first appeared on the scene in 2002, but they made unveiled the Firefox OS as late as 2013. The aim, this time, was to target buyers who opt for lower priced devices.
After failing to create ripples, let solitary waves, in a market where Android and iOS reign supreme, the decision to this effect should have been, according to analysts, taken earlier.
Firefox OS-powered smartphones were first launched in the Indian market by Intex and Spice. The company now aims to focus on its ‘strongest and core products and reputation.’