Don’t Freak Out, But Mozilla Just Bought Pocket

Pocket has been one of the best read it later services for years, so much so that we have included it in our picks of apps that you must have on your Android phone, today, the Mozilla Foundation announced that the well loved Read it later service has been acquired.

The company announced the news on its blog and said that the acquisition was strategic and the foundation aims to provide existing Pocket Users more powerful tools to discover and read quality content. The financial terms are not disclosed, though.

However, the Mozilla Foundation will not kill pocket. Instead, the Pocket will work an independent and wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla, and it will continue to provide its 10 million users with offline available reading.

“We believe that the discovery and accessibility of high quality web content is key to keeping the internet healthy by fighting against the rising tide of centralization and walled gardens. Pocket provides people with the tools they need to engage with and share content on their own terms, independent of hardware platform or content silo, for a safer, more empowered and independent online experience,” Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO

-Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO

This is not the first time Mozilla is shown working with Pocket, in 2015, Mozilla integrated the Pocket service to its Firefox web browser. And with that Pocket is currently available on The Web, iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari, and Windows.

The CEO of Pocket wrote in a blog:”They’re adding fuel to our rocketship. We have worked closely with Mozilla as we partnered with their Firefox team, and established a deep trust with their team and vision. They have extraordinary resources, global scale, and reach to put Pocket in more places, and help us build an even better product, faster.”

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Mozilla is Done With Firefox OS

Mozilla, the Organisation behind iconic Web browser Firefox is now killing its first attempt to mobile Operating System.

Making a great Web browser is a different thing, jumping in an already competitive OS ecosystem is another. Mozilla, the Organisation behind iconic Web browser Firefox is now killing its first attempt to mobile Operating System.

The OS simply called Firefox OS was just 2-year-old and it was focused heavily for low budget smartphones and under development countries.

After a press event, Techcrunch received a statement from Mozilla about the future of Firefox OS

“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.”

Firefox OS was lagging behind other mobile operating systems by a large margin. Lack of apps was one of the biggest problems for the platform.

Ever since the launch of software, Mozilla was failing to make it look like a good alternative of already available platforms. Mozilla’s Firefox OS was based heavily for web apps making it unique than other rivals, However, too much dependency on the internet was also a bottleneck. There were some reports that the OS may soon be able to run native Android apps, but it was never turned into reality.

Mozilla will continue to develop the mobile versions of its web browser for Google Android and Apple iOS

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