Well, very sad news and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to express my disappointment with the recent moves from Mozilla regarding FirefoxOS.
I’ve been a long time user of FxOS, since it first appeared in version 1.0 with the ZTE Open. I’ve upgraded it to 1.2 some months later, then used it with a Geeksphone Keon, and nowadays I’m using it on a Flame with version 2.6pre, which coincidentally updated via OTA two or three weeks ago.
Now that the platform was appearing as a mature product with a more polished interface and performance, it’s sad it will get no more support from the organization in spite of their previous communications about keeping it alive via the foxfooding program. And as I see it, leaving the project orphaned from support will end with it’s disappearance sooner or later.
Also their statements about empowering the people in emerging countries, where they could not afford decent smartphones, well, seems like not much is left of it.
I can realize that not having the support from Telefonica has left the project with a lot less workforce, but I would like to know what was first, Telefonica leaving FxOS because Mozilla was not clear about its future, or Mozilla leaving FirefoxOS because Telefonica changed its mind and turned to Cyanogen (If you ask me, I’d say it was the first, otherwise if I were Mozilla I would have stated clearly that it needed help from the community to recover all the workforce lost from Telefonica before dropping it, and the community would have jumped in, I have no doubt about it)
Now, about their turn to IoT and smart TVs and whatever, they are the new boys in town, and look so sexy that everyone wants to have something to do with them. But I don’t get why it needs that Sony Z3C for these IoT things, as by the specs I don’t know (sensor wise) how it is any different than their very own Flame (CPU and memory capacity apart), or any other device capable of running FxOS via foxfooding. Even not having their own mobile platform to talk to these devices and push for open standards puts Mozilla ill positioned since the beginning, as both Google and Apple have a lot of advantage with Android and IOS, pushing their closed platforms to interact with every device.
I’ve been watching several bugs in Bugzilla and I’m wondering if Mozilla kept a good eye on the real needs of FirefoxOS, at least from my point of view. For example, not having been able in three years to come up with a synchronization system to move contacts using something like CardDAV, even having partial implementations available in the market that could have been absorbed into the platform and improved, draws a clear picture of lack of focus. Discussing about creating a platform to synchronize contacts with every Firefox(OS) device and storing them inside Mozilla servers is OK, but first some basics need to be covered before expanding the reach, or else all the energy will vanish when you try to create an architecture much bigger than what is initially needed.
All in all, I wish good luck to Mozilla in their new endeavors, but I don’t think you’ll count me in, at least from the beginning, because the way FirefoxOS has been treated in only three years, not giving it the time to succeed, has left me a bitter taste that will need time to dissolve. And also I’m not sure if I’d dedicate my time to your new toy as it may not last more than these three years. As harsh as it might sound, but is the real truth.