For me it was never about Firefox OS being the third mobile platform. It was always about pushing the limits of web technologies to make the web a more competitive platform for app development. I think we certainly achieved that, and I would argue our work contributed considerably to the trends we now see around Progressive Web Apps. I still believe the web will win in the end.
The Story of Firefox OS
Ben Francis

If anything, as a web diehard, this was the thing that repeatedly frustrated me about FxOS.

It stung me occasionally when I’d try talking up the effort at local meet-ups — if we were so all about the open web, then why did we have this weird half-web thing with all its own psuedo-proprietary DOM APIs and packaging system that no one else used?

Many of the mobile devs I talked to were excited about the write-once-run-many-places promise of a web app. The web is quirky, but could be worth dealing with if it got them cross-platform. But, then they’d get really disappointed when apps on a FxOS phone didn’t really look a whole lot like what the rest of the web were doing. This made it just one more platform to target with staff & budget alongside Android & iOS, but without the user base to justify the effort.

Now, things like React Native are kind of stealing this show that I think we really could have been a huge part of.

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