SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has announced that it will release updates to Firefox OS every three months, with security updates scheduled every six weeks.
Mozilla's rapid release schedule has been in force for over two years with the outfit's web browser Firefox seeing releases every six weeks. Now Mozilla has announced that its Firefox OS will move to a similar release schedule, though security updates will be released every six weeks with new features released every three months.
According to Mozilla's manager of Release Management Alex Keybl, Firefox OS 1.0 skipped two releases of the Gecko rendering engine that powers it. Keybl said the firm had to work with more than just consumers but also mobile phone OEMs, carriers and chip makers, suggesting that a freeze in the engine used in Firefox OS 1.0 was needed at least three months before the operating system was shipped.
However Keybl said that Mozilla will now move back to its preferred rapid release schedule with Firefox OS. Mozilla won't however be releasing new features in Firefox OS every six weeks, instead that release schedule will contain security fixes, with new features coming every three months.
Keybl said, "Now that we have our v1.0 behind us and we're moving forward with even more partners, we're going to do our best to bring Firefox OS back into our heartbeat and will make quarterly feature releases available to partners along with six-weekly security updates for the previous two feature releases."
Mozilla's Firefox OS is pitched at low-end smartphones and has attracted attention from mobile operators that see it as a controllable alternative to Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
With Mozilla's rapid development cycle iteration, it could be a boon for mobile operators looking to make even more money from smartphones in the future. µ
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