Farewell Firefox OS smartphones. 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.
Firefox OS was doomed from the start, just as all the other attempts at competing with iOS and Android. The cold, harsh, and sad truth is that modern mobile computing just isn’t conducive to small and upstart platforms. You need the applications, you need the scale, you need the hearts and minds.
And all of those are taken by Google and Apple, and nobody else matters. It’s too late.
For anyone interested, people on the Maemo / Meego / Sailfish forums have been discussing a fully open source, community driven, complete mobile operating system by further developing Nemo Mobile on top of the Mer software distribution:
I don’t know if the discussion will lead to anything, but I dream of a day when I can buy a generic mobile phone and install any actively developed open source operating system on it that I want.