Mozilla to cease the development and sale of Firefox OS smartphones [Update]

by XB on 9th December 2015

in Tips & Tricks


Firefox OS XperiaThere was a time, albeit a couple of years back now, that Sony Mobile was rumoured to be working on new Xperia smartphones based on Firefox OS. Sony developers were certainly intrigued with the lightweight OS and even released official Firefox OS ROMs for some devices such as the Xperia E. Well it looks like Mozilla’s foray into Firefox OS smartphones has come to an end.

The company confirmed that it will end the development and sale of Firefox OS phones as it wasn’t “able to offer the best user experience possible”. Mozilla tried to crack the budget end of the smartphone market within developing regions, but struggled to compete against Android with its wide eco-system of apps. Firefox OS will continue to live on through other channels, notably within an IoT (Internet of Things) platform.

We imagine that this ceases the FreeXperia (FXP) team’s development of Firefox OS too for Xperia smartphones, but we’ve reached out for a comment. The FXP team were working in collaboration with Mozilla to support a number of Sony Xperia devices in Mozilla’s repos. Firefox OS support was included for the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z1, Z1 Compact, T2 Ultra and E3.

Mozilla statement from Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices

“We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. We will build everything we do as a genuine open source project, focused on user experience first and build tools to enable the ecosystem to grow.

Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels. We’ll share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon.”



Update: FXP says that Firefox OS development will continue on Sony Xperia devices “for a long time“.



  • Tough luck Mozilla. While the idea of your OS didn’t appeal to me, with a monopoly/duopoly, the consumer ultimately loses. :-/

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    So sailfish is also struggling. I hope at least Ubuntu would survive in the mobile market.

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  • BiggerBernard

    It was utterly shit anyway.

  • Kevin Pang

    We need competitions, but too little consumers give them chance.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

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    So my guess is that the FXP will continue with the updates on the Firefox OS.

    https://twitter.com/mnt_io/status/674523309241843712

  • iOS launched in 2007 on the iPhone, and competitors had some time to respond. Google did with Android in 2008, Palm with webOS in 2009, Microsoft with Windows Phone 7 in 2010, Nokia and Intel with MeeGo in 2011. They were released in time and they all had a chance to make an impact, but ultimately all but one of them became irrelevant – HP bought Palm and made some of the worst business mistakes in history, and Microsoft essentially started all over again with Windows Phone 8 in 2012 and killed off MeeGo. All OS released later – BlackBerry 10 in 2012, Firefox OS in 2013 – were too late to the party and look where they are now.

  • Uzair Syed

    SONY should just make their own OS :) Wouldn’t even mind if its closed since I don’t use my smartphone for much.

  • I don’t think that you have any idea of the complexity of an operating system. :-)

  • Uzair Syed

    Oh I do. I just suggested it because I know there’s no way in hell SONY will do it. This is the company that makes great stuff but doesn’t want to sell them.

  • Wozn2

    They should focus their attention on making a great browser for desktop and mobile use. Firefox is getting bloated and bug ridden.

  • Alberto

    New Update for Xperia Concept Z3
    No changelog

  • H-R-K

    Competition is always good for market but……

  • Raj Singh

    It’s too late for any fledgling mobile operating system to gain any meaningful traction in the mobile phone market.

    Any outfit creating an operating system will have to create a new delivery model and mobile phones aren’t it.

  • Anukul

    I want sony to offer ubuntu version on xperia z6, I would love that.

  • Andre Vieira

    time to FXP team to port ubuntu touch to xperia smartphones huh?

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    they still continuing building 3.0 while we speak

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