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Mozilla launches Firefox OS simulator as platform-neutral browser extension

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Mozilla launches Firefox OS simulator as platform-neutral browser extension
Firefox OS, the HTML-based operating system formerly known as Boot to Gecko, will have a tough time competing with the existing players as even high-profile attempts like Windows Phone are struggling to gain traction. Still, the Mozilla team thinks it is on to something with an OS built around HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and the next generation web.

And now, Firefox OS launches an emulator for developer to test their apps and curious users to look around. It is available as a Firefox extension and it is pretty straightforward to install. The “experimental” simulator runs on Mac, Windows and Linux.

Once you install the extension, it will stay up to date with the latest Firefox OS developments, so you don’t have to update it to have the current version. It is still version 0.7 and waiting to graduate into version 1.

It’s main goal, of course, is to get developers interested in writing for the platform: “the Firefox OS Simulator is the easiest way to try out Firefox OS apps today and to verify how they’ll look before submitting them to the Marketplace,” a member of the Mozilla team said.

The platform looks fairly conservative and we think that’s more of a good thing. You can check it out in our gallery below or hit the source to install the simulator on your Firefox.

source: Mozilla via TechCrunch

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:05 4

1. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Looks good...! Almost all thing in the OS icons, number keypad, etc,.. Is rOund.. Yeah to be successful it should have some new appearance.!.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:44

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Nokia belle's icon is also round . However i am wondering how can it runs nokia maps ?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:50

5. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


belle icons are exactly round there like inbetween round and sqaure but that doesnt matter

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:05

6. muhsen (Posts: 265; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


nokia made a deal with mozilla that its OS will use nokia maps.
"A web version for Mozilla's upcoming Firefox OS will be released next year"
http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_rebrands_mapping_service_to_nokia_here-news-5078.php

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:06

7. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Oh , i see

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 21:39

14. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


well, i dont know why PA still didnt post that nokia is rebranding its maps to "HERE" and will be available as an app to iOS (pending verification), android and firefox OS!

which put me to some question, why is nokia supporting firefox OS? is it their plan B? will they make firefox OS-base phones?

coz why they will support something that isnt even available yet?! and even though BlackBerry is considered dead by hateful people, it still has many loyal fans and would love to have BB10! so why they didnt make one for BB10?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 21:55

16. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Why the hell they want to do that ? Firefox OS feels more like a dumbphone platform than smartphone . Just like the iPhone . They already have Nokia S40 .

I just hope Apple hasnt patented dumbphone OS

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 17:14

18. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it not really a platform for dumbphone..but it will target low-end phone! this is still an OS of a smartphone but its goal is low-end smartphone!

but who knows!! but they really need to replace S40 if they want to stay relevant on low-end! but not really wishing for these firefox OS...but with Symbian!

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 22:57

19. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Phone arena do report that here maps is coming to iOS and android

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:10

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Not another os lol

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 05:15 3

3. Andman314 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Apple will find a way to sue them. That's all apple is good at now.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 20:58 1

13. AnTuTu (Posts: 938; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


But this one looks better than iOS mate

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:08

8. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Downloading firefox now to try out boot to gecko , usually i use chrome

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:54

9. brenty108 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


it looks good.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:16 2

10. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Good luck. The more, the merrier.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:23 1

11. nikel (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


I dont see something new even abit, they just mix the OS between IOS, Android and Symbian lastest version. Really suck
Icon just copy from Symbian Style

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 10:27 1

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 1863; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Doesn't look bad... also, doesn't really seem to bring anything new to the table either. Either way, competition is a good thing. Competition is the true catalyst of innovation.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 21:40

15. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


really looking good! but hope it will be like just common OS... being HTML5 means they need data right? coz its a web standard! oh well i dont know what really is firefox OS... i'll just wait for it! and if someone knows a thing about firefox OS, please tell me! :)

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 10:31

17. Arthurhkt (Posts: 123; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Icon basically mix up from iOS, Android and Symbian. Task Manager similar to Windows Phone, HTC Sense and Symbian. Marketplace similar to BlackBerry appworld..... Well that amazing, but still i like it.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 03:58

20. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


the ui looks really beautiful imo.

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