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Friday, December 11, 2015

Mozilla stops selling Firefox smartphones

New focus on 'connected devices'

Mozilla has said it’ll stop producing smartphones based on its Firefox operating system. However, it will continue its research into other connected devices.

The announcement was made at a developer event earlier this week and was later confirmed by TechCrunch.

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Ari Jaaksi, Senior Vice President of Connected Devices at Mozilla, is quoted as saying “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.”

The company later published a blog post that stated "We will explore and prototype new use cases in the world of connected devices as an open source project with a clear focus on the user benefit and experience. We will focus on products and technologies that allow people to access and manage their world of connected devices, helping to ensure people are empowered, safe and independent."

The Firefox OS was announced in 2012 and was available to consumers from 2013.

You can hear Christian Heilmann from Mozilla Corporation as part of our podcast from Mobile Monday in July 2013. The programme can be heard via the built-in audio player on our website or by downloading the MP3 file.

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