Mozilla is pulling the plug on its Firefox Reality browser.
Firefox Reality is an open source web browser designed for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) devices, which debuted in 2018 for Oculus, Google Daydream and HTC Vive devices. It is also available for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality devices.
“Since its launch,” Mozilla said in its announcement, “Firefox Reality has offered users a unique browser in the mixed reality space. It was the first cross-platform browser created by a trusted company, Mozilla, and the companies was quickly adopted for use by their hardware tools.”
Still, the company plans to remove Firefox Reality from all software markets “in the coming weeks”—including the Microsoft Store, Viveport, and Oculus. (Though the Firefox Reality website still claims it is “coming soon” to Pico Interactive’s platform.)
However, the underlying technologies will survive. Mozilla says that “Firefox Reality browser technology will continue under Iglia where they maintain the same principles we started with when creating Firefox Reality – an open source browser that respects your privacy.”
Iglia will use Firefox Reality technologies in a browser called Volvik, which, according to its website, is expected to be released on the Huawei AppGallery and Oculus App Store “very soon” with the promise that “more options will follow” at a later date. .
“Firefox Reality was an interesting and important development that began at Mozilla Research while the XR devices were still quite young,” Iglia Volvic says on the website. “Since then, more mature standalone devices have entered more broad consumer markets and the Firefox Reality browser project has required fresh investment, updates and nurturing.”
For its part, Mozilla says it will “continue to invest in new and emerging technologies,” and that people should “stay tuned for more to come from us in 2022.”