July 02, 2013Firefox OS Tablet Unveiled At Computex 2013
June 05, 2013Mozilla offers free Firefox OS phones to developers
May 13, 2013Mozilla launches Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 with push to device, rotation simulation, geolocation API, and more
May 03, 2013Mozilla seeks to integrate payment system into Firefox OS
April 12, 2013Mozilla updates Firefox OS simulator
March 03, 2013Sony begins exploring Firefox OS, dares Xperia E owners to experiment with new ROM
February 28, 2013Mozilla Announces Global Expansion for Firefox OS
February 27, 2013First Firefox OS phones side-by-side
February 26, 2013Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone
January 24, 2013Firefox OS at CES 2013
January 11, 2013r2d2b2g is becoming the Firefox OS Simulator!
November 13, 2012Design Principles Behind Firefox OS UX
September 28, 2012Video: Nokia Researcher Runs Firefox OS On Raspberry Pi
August 17, 2012B2G Desktop builds now (mostly) available
Jul 22, 2012Mozilla Firefox Mobile OS Exclusive Preview
Jul 9, 2012Telefonica Shows Off Firefox OS Prototype, Reveals Plans
Jul 8, 2012New video of Firefox OS
Jul 5, 2012Take a look! Shot of screen from Mozilla's new Mobile Firefox OS
Jul 3, 2012Mozilla Gains Global Support For a Firefox Mobile OS
Jul 2, 2012History of Firefox OS
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Mozilla announced the first two smartphones based on its operating system, Firefox OS on Monday: the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire.
The two devices will soon be available through Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. Telefonica announced that the ZTE Open will be offered in Spain starting on July 2 for 69 euros ($90).
Individual partners will release the dates of availability for each market. Mozilla said that the first Firefox OS will launch in Central and Eastern Europe under the wing of Norway-based Telenor "this year."
ZTE Open is a 3.5-inch smartphone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi.
Alcatel One Touch Fire boasts nearly identical specs, but is powered by a Qualcomm processor.From mashable.com
A Firefox OS Tablet has been on display at Computex 2013 this week and was revealed in the press conference earlier this week and is currently over in the Foxconn booth together with a range of Firefox OS smartphones.
The unveiling of the new Firefox OS tablet follows on from the announcement on Monday that Foxconn and Mozilla are to partner to not just build smartphones but tablets as well.
Its thought that the Firefox OS Tablet is equipped with a 10.1 inch screen and looks similar to the Google Nexus 10 in style and design. Young Liu, the general manager of Foxconn’s Innovation Digital System Business Group explained in a statement:
“We believe that the integration of software and hardware development will offer greater benefits to our customers and consumers,”-”Firefox OS from Mozilla is based on HTML5 and open web technologies. The whole idea perfectly matches to the strategies promoted by Foxconn.”From geeky-gadgets.com
In hopes of driving interest in its impending Firefox OS launch, Mozilla is presenting developers with an interesting deal: If you have a great app idea for Firefox OS and you have the skills to build it, Mozilla will send you a phone. A free Geeksphone Keon handset, to be exact.
The Geeksphone Keon is available for purchase now, having launched back in April, but it’ll set you back approximately $120, or ˆ91. Not exactly a steep price point, but Mozilla knows it needs to lure in developers, especially those who’ve already dabbled with the Firefox OS simulator but have yet to make the jump into serious development mode.
If your interest is piqued, you can apply for the program, dubbed “Phones for Apps for Firefox OS.” Not every developer will be selected — your idea has to be impressive.
Mozilla on Thursday announced the release of Firefox OS Simulator 3.0, polishing all the features in the preview release as well as making a few more improvements. You can download version 3.0 now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from Mozilla Add-Ons.
The following features included in the simulator are now functionally stable, according to Mozilla:
The arguably biggest addition to version 3.0 is the new Push to Device feature. If you have an existing device supporting Firefox OS, you can connect it via USB and push apps installed in the Firefox OS Simulator directly to it (make sure to enable remote debugging: Settings > Device information > More Information > Developer > Remote debugging).
For those without a device, there are still new features worth highlighting. Basic geolocation API simulation has been added, so you can test geolocation in your app, and read out longitude and latitude values (specifying geolocation is in a later release).
You can now also rotate the simulator, allowing you to get events when you do, as well as to adapt your contents to both portrait and landscape. Here’s how that looks:
Last but not least, we have manifest validation. Now when you add an app to the Firefox OS Simulator, it checks your manifest file for errors and warnings, including problems that prevent installing the app in the simulator, usage of APIs that the simulator doesn’t yet simulate (not all APIs have been added), and missing properties that are required by the Firefox Marketplace and/or devices.
Those are the main features that were also in the preview, but since then Mozilla has also added newer versions of Firefox OS and Gaia, significantly reduced the download/installation size, sped up the start time (partly due to the smaller size), and fixed a few bugs. Power users will also be happy to find out there is a new keyboard shortcut to repackage/reinstall/restart the current app as well as OS-standard ways in the menu to close the Simulator with corresponding keyboard shortcuts (Alt + F4 on Windows, Cmd + Q on Mac, and Ctrl + Q on Linux).thenextweb.com
Mozilla is hoping to streamline payments for Web apps by adding a new API into its forthcoming Firefox OS that is designed to make the process easier and more secure.
The organization announced the first draft of a new payment system API last week in a blog post. The API will be integrated into Firefox OS with the aim of making payment processing simpler and provide better security and control for users. Firefox OS is Mozilla's upcoming mobile operating system.
Mozilla said that while online services such as PayPal go some way to simplifying accepting Web payments, they aren't integrated into devices very well. As a result, "Mozilla wants to introduce a common web API to make payments easy and secure on Web devices yet still as flexible as the checkout button for merchants," Kumar McMillan, a senior Web developer working on Firefox OS at Mozilla, said in the blog post.
Read more of "Mozilla tests out web payment API for Firefox OS" at ZDNet.
New features in the preview:
Well, that didn't take long. A mere couple of days after announcing it, too, would be jumping on the Firefox OS bandwagon, Sony's now let it be known that it's making an "experimental" ROM available to devs (or any common, daring owner) with an Xperia E device. According the company's Developer World blog post, this developmental version of Mozilla's fresh mobile software is being released in order to show the current progress of the OS project, as well as in hopes of receiving feedback that'll be beneficial toward the finished product. Folks interested in tinkering with the Firefox OS ROM can hit the source link below to see what it all entails, while those only looking for a quick peek will find just that in the video situated right after the break.
Barcelona, Spain – Mobile World Congress – February 24, 2013; 18:05 PM CET – Mozilla today previewed the first commercial build of its Firefox OS open mobile ecosystem and announced new operator rollout plans at a press conference before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The first wave of Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Additional markets will be announced soon.
To date, 17 key operators spanning the globe have committed to the open web device initiative: America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom. Telstra is welcoming the Mozilla initiative as an opportunity to deliver an innovative mobile Web experience to their customers. The breadth of operators now backing Mozilla’s Firefox OS demonstrates significant industry support for a fully-adaptable, unconstrained mobile platform.
Firefox OS smartphones are the first built entirely to open Web standards, enabling every feature to be developed as an HTML5 application. Web apps access every underlying capability of the device, bypassing the typical hindrances of HTML5 on mobile to deliver substantial performance. The platform’s flexibility allows carriers to easily tailor the interface and develop localized services that match the unique needs of their customer base.
Mozilla is working with manufacturers Alcatel (TCL), LG and ZTE to build the first Firefox OS devices, with Huawei to follow later in the year, all powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ mobile processors. In addition, Mozilla has signed strategic relationships with key content and service partners (see separate release). Consumers will get a dynamic, rich and open smartphone experience that provides easy access to everything they love on the Web, including Facebook and Twitter integration, with a simple, fast interface and built-in cost controls.
“Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online.”
Initial, “first wave” launch plans were announced by America Movil, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Telenor, most seeing starts mid-year. For more information on the rollout plans for individual operators see here: blog.mozilla.org/press/2013/02/firefox-os-expansion/
Alcatel One Touch Fire
ZTE Open key specifications
The first two official Firefox phones are here, but odds are you’ll never get your hands on one. They’re for developers only.
On Tuesday, Mozilla and Spanish phonemaker Geeksphone announced the first two Firefox OS developer preview handsets — the Keon and the Peak. Both models, which will be sold only to developers, fall in line with what Mozilla says the Firefox OS is being built for — low-power, low-cost hardware for first-time smartphone buyers in emerging markets. These aren’t built to be iPhone, or even Nokia Windows Phone, rivals.
The Keon, which was shown off with a bright orange chassis, is powered by Qualcomm’s 1Ghz Snapdragon S1 processor — a chipset that made its debut in 2008. It also features 512MB of RAM and 4GB of included storage, though there is a microSD card slot for expanded storage. The handset, which has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480?320 pixels, will run on 2G and 3G networks. There’s also a 3-megapixel rear camera but no front-facing camera.
The Peak is a bit more up market, with a 4.3-inch 960x540 pixel display, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 processor, 3G and 2G connectivity, an 8-megapixel camera out back and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s got the same paltry 4GB of storage, with a microSD card slot, and RAM is stuck at 512MB.
Mozilla hasn’t said when the phones will be shipped to developers or just what they’ll cost. Geeksphone said in a tweet that more info will be available soon.
Today at the CES show ZTE has announced that they will be working with Mozilla to provide a brand new operating system and smartphone based on the Mozilla Firefox browser. The OS will be for smartphones, the first of which the companies will be hoping to launch in 2013 towards the end of the year.