Mozilla shifts fo­cus from con­nected de­vices; lays off en­tire Fire­fox OS team

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While its ri­vals like Ap­ple, Google and Mi­crosoft are rig­or­ously work­ing to gain mo­men­tum in the nascent IoT space, Mozilla is mov­ing away from the con­nected de­vices mar­ket. The open source be­he­moth is lay­ing off the 50-mem­ber team be­hind Fire­fox OS to re­duce man­age­rial ex­penses.

Mozilla has re­leased a state­ment to con­firm the lat­est devel­op­ment. “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 IoT ex­plo­rations into an in­creased fo­cus on emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies,” the com­pany stated.

Fire­fox OS was a dream project from Mozilla to take on Ap­ple’s iOS and Google’s An­droid. But a few years af­ter its first com­mer­cial re­lease in 2013, the plat­form left the smart­phone world (in De­cem­ber 2015). In Septem­ber 2016, the com­pany for­mally stopped devel­op­ment of new Fire­fox OS smart­phones.

Mozilla had sub­se­quently planned to lever­age the Fire­fox OS to im­pact the IoT space. But now, it is set to step out of that space too.

Tech­nol­ogy web­site CNet re­ports that Ari Jaaksi, se­nior vice pres­i­dent and leader of the con­nected de­vices divi­sion, is among the depart­ing mem­bers. Prior to Mozilla, Jaaksi was gen­eral man­ager and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of the mo­bile busi­ness unit at In­tel.

This lat­est move by Mozilla would in­di­rectly lead to Google boost­ing its de­vel­op­ments around open source IoT of­fer­ings. The com­pany al­ready has An­droid Things as its plat­form for con­nected de­vices, which will per­suade de­vel­op­ers and hard­ware mak­ers to build ad­vanced so­lu­tions in the com­ing fu­ture.

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