Ingrid Lunden for TechCrunch;
Mozilla today announced an end to its smartphone experiment, and said that it would stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones. It will continue to experiment on how it might work on other connected devices and Internet of Things networks.
Since not too many company is focusing on Internet of Things (IoT). Looks like Mozilla wants to have the first mover advantage in the IoT space, rather than fight a losing battle in mobile smartphone category.
Below is Mozilla’s complete announcement;
Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.
We will prototype this future starting right now using technologies developed as part of the Firefox OS project to give us a kick start.
We will make space for this exploration by stopping our work to build and ship smartphones through carrier partners.
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.
We are excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We believe that the Web can be the right platform for this future of connected devices and we can’t wait to share more with everyone soon.