Mozilla Firefox decided to disintegrate the connected devices initiative, and it laid off approximately fifty employees. The internet browser will no longer be available to a connected TV shortly. The Mozilla Foundation decided to lay off the employees working in its connected device division. The browser maker has been in a tight competition with Microsoft and Google during the past years.
Mozilla was once of the opinion that the gadgets and mobile products which were components of the Internet of Things represent the perfect starting point for expansion beyond the desktop browser market. Thus, they managed to introduce Firefox OS for connected TVs.
Nevertheless, those ideas are now part of the past. Mozilla is currently eliminating most of the employees responsible for the exploration. Approximately 50 people out of a total of a thousand employees will leave the company together with Ari Jaaski, the Senior Vice President for Connected Devices.
These layoffs indicate that Mozilla is not preparing to launch new commercial software useful for those who own IoT devices. However, the company pointed out that it will pursue its plan of conducting their Internet of Things research. A spokesperson from Mozilla claimed that that the firm’s internal approach has changed towards the Internet of Things chance to decline to form a focus on scaling and launching commercial products to a goal centered on advanced development and research.
One of their goals is to dissolve their connected devices initiative, implementing their Internet of Things analysis into a boosted focus on developing technologies. Among the new technologies, Mozilla Firefox listed its Project Quantum. This is a Web engine, representing the next-generation devices. The project is designed to exploit the multiple processor centers which are continuously occurring in smartphones and several other mobile devices.
The process of layoffs appeared after only one year since the company abandoned an analogous effort to implement Firefox into smartphones. Somehow paradoxically, that dynamism was bound to lay the foundation of the connected device initiative which Mozilla has just decided to abandon. Initially, Firefox OS represented Mozilla’s effort to develop a smartphone platform. After some of the new products had managed to materialize, Firefox OS was rapidly eliminated from competition, being surpassed by the performance of the Android.
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