Mozilla shows off Firefox OS
Mozilla has shown off a recent build of its Firefox OS for mobile devices, demonstrating more of the open source operating system's features and functions. In a new video on its Firefox YouTube channel, the non-profit organisation shows the browser-centric OS's built-in Firefox web browser, phone dialer, camera and Gallery image viewer running on a developer phone from Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE.
The demo also shows off the current version of Firefox OS's Marketplace app, with which users can browse and install other applications such as Galactians2, a Space-Invaders-style game. As noted by some YouTube comments, the build of Firefox OS shown does lag at times, such as when dialling a phone number. However, it is worth noting that this is a development build being shown off and responsiveness should be improved in subsequent versions.
Developers have been able to test Firefox OS using their desktop systems since July. With Mozilla's nightly builds of the mobile OS, developers can try out the system under Windows, Mac OS X and Linux to test web apps they have created.
While a device running Firefox OS has yet to be released, several device manufacturers including ZTE and TCL Communication Technology have already signed up to build Qualcomm Snapdragon-based devices using the mobile OS. The first consumer devices running Firefox OS are expected to be available in early 2013 in Brazil.
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