Mozilla has already given up on Firefox OS, its open-source operating system for devices. The non-profit organisation will be shifting its focus on emerging technologies.
Firefox OS is the product of Mozilla’s connected devices initiative. The main advantage of the alternative operating system is that users no longer have to install apps to use them.
However, it was unable to keep up with competitors like Android and iOS. Though Mozilla has launched Firefox-powered devices in different countries, the OS struggled to get acceptance. Google and Apple’s mobile operating systems are dominating the market.
Mozilla has released a statement to CNET revealing its new future plans. The organisation will be exploring new projects.
“We have shifted our internal approach to the internet-of-things opportunity to step back from a focus on launching and scaling commercial products to one focused on research and advanced development, dissolving our connected devices initiative and incorporating our internet-of-things explorations into an increased focus on emerging technologies.”
The Firefox OS creator has already eliminated the team working on the project. Reports reveal that 50 employees were affected by the company’s recent move. Senior Vice President Ari Jaaksi who is in charge of the team is said to be leaving.
Some members of the team were reportedly moved to other departments. They still have the chance to stay at Mozilla and apply for new positions.