Earlier this week, Mozilla decided to end its ambitious entry into the smartphone race. When you realize your devices will never gain significant market traction, what should you do next? Simple – focus on what is HOT out there! And that, ladies and gentlemen, happens to be the Internet of Things (fine, and connected devices).
The press release on December 9th is short and to the point:
Firefox OS Pivot to Connected Devices
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.
As Jay-z once said, “On To the Next One“!