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Mozilla kills off its connected devices dreamThe maker of Firefox is eliminating about 50 positions and will shift its efforts to the internet of things.
Mozilla kills off its connected devices dream. Mozilla is the maker of everybody's once favorite web browser, Firefox. The company had visions of putting Firefox everywhere, but that isn't exactly panning out. Mozilla is eliminating the team in charge of putting Firefox on connected devices. The layoffs affect around 50 people. As of 2016, the company employed approximately 1000. The Senior Vice President of the Connected Devices Team is leaving and the director of the group's software announced his departure last week. The Connected Devices Team came from the Firefox OS initiative. Firefox OS was Mozilla's attempt to create an alternative to Android and iOS, however the Firefox OS project was shutted last year. Connected device team project included tracking personal schedules, checking air quality and monitoring your home. The highest profile win for the team was bringing Firefox to a Panasonic 4K television. Mozzilla says it's shifted its attention to the internet of things. It's building a voice technology similar to Amazon's Alexa called Project Bonnie. As for the 50 or so effected by the layoffs, Mozzilla is hiring. Some might stay at the company, but in different positions. For more information, check out CNET.com. I'm [UNKNOWN] and I'll see you online.