Firefox OS For Phone To Be Discontinued

Mozilla has officially announced that Firefox OS will soon be discontinued.
Today, in an email which was sent to developers, Mozilla informs us that they have made a number of decisions. As per the official blog, they are stated below:
  • We will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release.

  • As of March 29, 2016, Marketplace will no longer accept submissions for Android, Desktop and Tablet, we will remove all apps that don’t support Firefox OS. Firefox OS apps will continue to be accepted into 2017 (we have yet to finalize a date for when we won’t continue accepting these apps).

  • The Connected Devices team has been testing out a new product innovation process with staff, 3 products have passed the first “gate” and many more are in the pipeline. Having multiple different product innovations in development will be the approach moving forward, and we’re hoping to open up the formal process to non-staff participation in the first half of the year.

  • The foxfooding program will continue and will focus on these new product innovations (rather than improving the smartphone experience). We expect the Sony Z3C foxfooding devices to be useful in this, but we expect it to take until the end of March to figure out the specific design of this program.
According to the email, the device team “has been testing out a new product innovation process” which indicated the possibility that the replacement platform might be on its way -- however, we’ll have to wait for some time to find out more about it.
The company in its official blog states:
“Therefore we are announcing our plan to end-of-life support for smartphones after the Firefox OS 2.6 release. This means that Firefox OS for smartphones will no longer have staff involvement beyond May.”
The team goes on to admit that “the main reason they are being made is to ensure we are focusing our energies and resources on bringing the power of the web to IoT.”
The company concluded by saying:
“The entire Connected Devices leadership is overwhelmed with appreciation for what we’ve built and accomplished working together -- a deep, heartfelt thank you again. And we’re tremendously excited about what we will create together in the future.”

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