Firefox OS Simulator offers playpen for primetime

Nov 22, 2012 by Nancy Owano report

(Phys.org)—Mozilla is inviting developers to play around with its experimental Firefox OS Simulator. The Firefox OS Simulator is a Firefox add-on for web developers who would be interested in building apps for Mozilla's coming mobile Firefox operating system. The simulator will make it easier for developers to stay current with future updates to Firefox OS. Mozilla has talked for a while about a mobile operating system of its own, Firefox OS, and in July this year boasted of growing global industry support behind such an idea of a fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The advantage was seen by the likes of Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor who were backing the open Firefox OS as an "exciting new entrant" to the smartphone marketplace.

What's more, TCL and ZTE announced intentions to manufacture the first devices to feature the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm.

The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla's "Boot to Gecko project" which resolves limitations of web development for mobile computing, in that it allows HTML5 applications to access the capabilities of a phone that otherwise are only available to native applications. Standards-based (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) are at play here and, as Technology Review commented, "the OS has Web DNA through and through."

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Now Mozilla has made a prototype simulator available for developers, though technology bloggers note that it is definitely "early alpha."

No matter what downsides might be attached to an early-alpha experience, the history of Firefox and its historic role in the open source community is always seen as a winning factor for Mozilla, and will be a factor in raising developer interest for working with its mobile OS. This is an . Mozilla's Andreas Gal, speaking recently at a London event said, "The goal is not to lock people into our services, but to create a level playing field." Developers will use the web as a basis for apps, capable of building a single app that works on many platforms. Mozilla has said that its OS advantage is in the fact that it would be free from the encumbrances of the rules and restrictions of proprietary platforms.

Mozilla's initial market target will be an optimized platform for entry-level smartphones. Rather than trying to win a race with iOS, Android, or any other mobile system, reports are that Mozilla's focus will be on an operating system to power the most affordable phones. The first Firefox OS devices are expected to go on sale in 2013. Alcatel and ZTE are the first manufacturers to climb on board.

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More information: www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefoxos/

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VendicarD
1 / 5 (3) Nov 22, 2012
The world needs a new mobile OS just as much as the internet needs a new source of porn.
Henka
5 / 5 (2) Nov 22, 2012
The world needs a new mobile OS just as much as the internet needs a new source of porn.


competition is good.
kochevnik
2 / 5 (4) Nov 22, 2012
Competition of ideas is good. Competition over scarce resources is bad. Open source is what makes this project the former. Brands are a primitive brain-stem representation of memes and Mozilla is a metaphor of our instincts about how behaviors should be ordered into productive tasks. Closed source brands like Apple and M$ betray that spirit because being proprietary, they have an inevitable point of failure. Conversely a Mozilla product can in theory be perpetually grafted onto larger systems in perpetuity. That appeals to our biology.
VendicarD
1 / 5 (4) Nov 22, 2012
Wasting resources is bad, and lack of standardization means wasted resources.

"competition is good." - Henke

Competition is generally bad.
aroc91
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 22, 2012
Competition is generally bad.


Enjoy your monopoly, Communist.
VendicarD
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 22, 2012
Enjoy your bankruptcy... Capitalist.
kochevnik
2.6 / 5 (5) Nov 22, 2012
Competition is generally bad.


Enjoy your monopoly, Communist.
Cuba has better medical care than the US
Jayman
1 / 5 (1) Nov 22, 2012
"Cuba has better medical care than the US"
Duh?! Use a stethoscope instead of a mobile phone? What does medical care got to do with a mobile OS?
StarGazer2011
4.2 / 5 (5) Nov 22, 2012
Enjoy your bankruptcy... Capitalist.


We would have enjoyed the banksters bankruptcy, but damn statist collectivists bailed them out instead!
StarGazer2011
3 / 5 (4) Nov 22, 2012
Competition is generally bad.


Enjoy your monopoly, Communist.
Cuba has better medical care than the US


US has the best care for a price and poor care for free.
Cuba has slightly less poor care than the worst available in the US; for free. But you cant get anything better unless you are elite, in which case i suspect you go to US or Europe.
Australia has best care through a socialised cost sharing arrangement (1.5% of income,which works really well).

There fixed it for you.

Vendicar: I wish you could understand how wrong you are. Why do you want to live in a world where everything is centrally controlled for efficiency's sake? Why shouldn't we use more resources than strictly necessary? No art? No beauty? Should we all live in a well controlled jail?

What is your vision Vendicar?
Pkunk_
5 / 5 (1) Nov 23, 2012
The firefox project has a major problem in that the source code which goes back 10 years from the Mozilla days is inherently single-threaded. Which is why when you use a browser like Chrome or IE9 they work smooth even with multiple tabs open.
Unfortunately with 10 tabs the javascript engine seems to slow down to a crawl due to its single-threaded nature.
If they make it multi-threaded it will majorly improve their performance.
VendicarD
1 / 5 (2) Nov 24, 2012
Childish presumption by StarTard.

"Why do you want to live in a world where everything is centrally controlled for efficiency's sake?" - StarTard

Change for the sake of change, or conflict for the sake of competition produces no benefit.

FireFox OS is a bad idea that comes from stupid people.
VendicarD
not rated yet Nov 25, 2012
I see that you are completely ignorant about Economics as well.

You impress me.

Is there anything you do not, not know?

"We would have enjoyed the banksters bankruptcy, but damn statist collectivists bailed them out instead!" - StarTard

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