Mozilla to Douse Firefox OS and Stamp Out Phone Biz
Mozilla today said it will cease to develop Firefox OS and discontinue sales of Firefox-based handsets. "Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs," said Mozilla in a statement provided to TechCrunch. "However, we weren't able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels." The company reiterated that it was proud of the platform and what it was able to accomplish. Moreover, Mozilla will "continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices" with open source software. In March of this year, Mozilla announced a distribution agreement with Verizon Wireless. That agreement apparently never resulted in bringing Firefox OS devices to the U.S. market. Mozilla's decision follows recent upheaval at Jolla, which developed SailfishOS and is nowin a state of hiatus. Neither Sailfish nor Firefox was able to catch on with consumers in the face of competition from Android and iOS, which together account for about 97% of the market.
Jolla Finds Licensing Partners for Sailfish OS
Feb 24, 2016
Jolla today announced that Intex Technologies has licensed Sailfish OS and put it in the Aqua Fish handset. The Aqua Fish is the first handset to run Sailfish OS outside of the phones made by Jolla itself.
Jolla Debuts Sailfish OS 3 for Low-Cost Hardware
Feb 26, 2018
Jolla today revealed Sailfish 3, a significant update to its Linux-based mobile operating system. Jolla is targeting Sailfish 3 at inexpensive devices, such as feature phones, PDAs, and similar hardware.
Jolla Debuts New Phone and Community Device Program
May 27, 2016
Jolla today added another chapter to its resurrection story by announcing a brand new smartphone and device community. The Jolla C is a simple handset that runs Sailfish OS 2.0.
One Year Later, Turing Phone Finally Ships
Jul 13, 2016
Turing Robotic Industries started taking preorders for its secure Turing Phone back in July 2015 with plans to ship in August. The company later promised to ship by December 2015, but it didn't.