Firefox OS v2.0 has the complete UI Overhaul

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Last month we revealed the Camera details of the upcoming version of Firefox OS – that is Firefox OS v1,4. Now the new rumour came up about the entire UI overhaul of Firefox OS after the version 1.4. According to the source, a Chinese developer leaked few images of the new User Interface (UI) of the upcoming version that is Firefox OS v2.0. Now for many this is strange to jump from v1.4 to v2.0. But hey! If Android and iOS can do it, why don’t Mozilla!

Apparently, Mozilla has decided to adapt some of their strongest competitors to make changes, so you may find similarities with both Google Android and Apple iOS 7.

It is worth noting that although the images are credible, the lack of information as to how they were obtained brings a degree of doubt as to its authenticity, so we should consider this with some skepticism.

Below you can view the images of the new UI of Firefox OS v2.0:

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 Stay with us as we will give you more details soon!

Firefox OS Simulators 1.4 and 1.5 released

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Good news for all the Firefox OS developers eager to play around with the cutting edge features in upcoming releases of the Firefox OS mobile operating system and for the app developers wanting to test their applications to ensure everything works fine. Firefox OS Simulators for 1.4 and 1.5 were released and are available from the Mozilla FTP account.

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As the authors mention:

Please ensure installing them manually, as simulator for FxOS 1.2 or 1.3 won’t upgrade to these versions. That’s because we offer a way to install one simulator for each FxOS release!

That way you can easily test the application in every major version (from 1.2 to 1.5) of the Firefox OS Simulator. There are few key features that were missing in the previous versions:

  • Home button
  • Screen rotation
  • Ability to connect DevTools

That should help the developers work on the Firefox OS applications better and more efficient.

Spreadtrum is working on couple of 3G Firefox OS devices – Details

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Last month at Mobile World Congress, Spreadtrum became one of the most talked about company when they along with Mozilla announced the arrival of a $25 Smartphone. If you are still now aware of it, you can read the full story here. Those who wondered how Mozilla can manage this much cheap Smartphone running Firefox OS, we have some more interesting news for you today. Spreadtrum, the Shanghai based fabless semiconductor company which makes chips for Smartphones is planning big with Mozilla. We have confirmed news that Spreadtrum is working on at least couple of more chipsets apart from their already declared SC6821.

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One of our source confirmed the news that Spreadtrum is working on couple of mid-ranged 3G Smartphones along with the $25 2G Smartphone. When we investigate further, we came to know few more details about the devices. One of the chipset they are putting inside of an unknown Firefox OS device is SC7710. Before you jumped from your seat and try to search about it more on Google, hold on, you will hardly get any information about this chip online. Let us do the hard work for you.

The SC7710 is a highly integrated smartphone chipset based on a 1GHz Cortex A5 core processor, and supporting WCDMA/HSPA(+) and GSM/EDGE communication standards and is coupled with an independent PMU & audio codec. The chipset consists of 2 embedded 32-bit microcontrollers and an embedded 64-bit DSP core in a highly optimized architecture with many dedicated accelerators including an ARM Mali 400 GPU for 3D graphics acceleration. This chipset supports 5MP high-resolution camera with 720p video recording capability.

On the other hand The SC7715 is Spreadtrum’s next generation single-core smartphone chipset supporting WCDMA/HSPA(+) and GSM/EDGE communication standards.  The chipset integrates a Cortex-A7 core processor running at speeds up to 1.2GHz, an ARM Mali 400 GPU for high performance graphics, as well as a PMU, audio codec and connectivity functions including WiFi, Bluetooth(R), GPS and FM to achieve high integration at low cost. This chip also supports camera up to 5MP, so we can ecpect a better camera with this chipset.

Currently we don’t have any clue about which device will introduce these chipsets and when they will hit the market, but one more thing we know that both the chipsets will support Firefox OS v1.4. So we can expect these two hitting the shelves by Q3 2014.

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Jolidrive – an Online Cloud Storage App for Firefox OS Devices

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Accessing all your photos, videos and other stuff stored on-cloud from your Firefox OS phone/ tablet is now possible on a single interface. Bundling most cloud services together and delivering them to you centrally is Jolidrive- an online Cloud storage app that is the latest member of Jolicloud clan. It lets you access files, photos, videos, music files, documents, slides, reports, social content and other types of on-cloud data.

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How It Works

Jolidrive runs everything from cloud itself. It accesses all of user’s online data saved on cloud service accounts right from his Firefox OS phone. On the front it provides one interface that works for these accounts.

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What It Covers

With Jolidrive you can listen to music by accessing Exfm, SoundCloud or music files stored in Box or Dropbox. It allows you to browse photos stored in online accounts like Flickr, Picasa or Facebook. You can directly open documents stored on Google Drive or SkyDrive and edit them. Watching videos on YouTube, Dailymotion etc, surfing through social content on Google+, Facebook etc, and reading saved files now comes together all-on-one.

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Jolidrive also lets you build cloud-in image by combining multiple free-storage services like MediaFire, Ubuntu-One and choose just one of them to host very important content. The range of on-cloud apps where you keep data and can now access on your FFOS phone through Jolidrive is enormous. On the flip side, some of the services remain locked until you promote the app on social-media platforms. But looking to its benefits, that isn’t a big deal, really!

If you already have a Firefox OS Device this App is a must have for your device:

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Details of upcoming Alcatel Fire 7 tablet powered by Firefox OS

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Last year Alcatel gave us one of the two Firefox OS devices, earlier this year in February from the stages of Mobile World Congress, they announced as much as 4 new smartphones and a Tablet powered by Firefox OS. LTE enabled tablet will be the first commercial Tablet we will have later this year. The device is suppose to be affordable (79 Euro) and will be available in third quarter of this year.

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The specification is already available:

  • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display (540 x 960), 157 ppi
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
  • VGA front and rear cameras
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4 GB ROM
  • MicroSD, up to 32 GB
  • 9.9 mm thickness
  • 285 g

For those who are looking for a cheap powerful device must go for this as HTML5 based Firefox OS is much more lighter than power hungy Android or iOS. So buying a $100 Android tablet is not worth it any more as within the next few months you will have the Alcatel Fire 7 Tablet powered by Firefox OS.

Stay with us as we will let you know the latest updates about this Tablet as well as about the latest news of Firefox OS. Meanwhile do let us know whether you are interested in buy one or not, if it’s available in your region.

Top 5 File Manager Apps from the Firefox OS Marketplace

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In 2013 Mozilla introduced Firefox OS, we also started our journey to help all the Open Source lovers. Since the beginning we are trying to help all of you with the best of Firefox OS news and reviews. Currently Firefox OS has 3 commercial devices available – ZTE Open, Alcatel OneTouch Fire and LG Fireweb. Millions of people tasted cheap quality Smartphone for the first time in their life. Many of them upgraded themselves from a Feature Phone to a touch screen 3G enabled Smartphone powered by Firefox OS. One of the large portion of our readers are of this segment, who doesn’t know how to use their first Smartphone powered by Firefox OS. We received many email to guide them on their problems. We though to start writing about them here so many more user would take advantage and don’t have to wait for our reply or search the web for solutions. One of the most common question is how to access the SD card and other parts of the phone as their isn’t any official File Manager available. So we dig into the matter and we are the answers:

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Firefox OS File Manager

So today we are going to review 5 top File Manager Apps for Firefox OS:

a) File Manager : 

Developer: Jhon Klever.

App to manage, copy, move, delete, share and rename files and folders in the SDCard. It also allows you to view PDF documents, play multimedia files, create and edit plain text documents. Uses Building Blocks (http://buildingfirefoxos.com/) and icons from FileTypeIcons (http://iconbug.com/).

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You can download and give it a try for sure.

Our Rating 4 1/2*/5*

b) Explorer:

Developer: Sebastian Rajo

A file explorer to see all your files on the SDCARD and to share them through bluetooth or your email. SDCARD access permission is required.

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This is one of the oldest and we tested this stuff on our Firefox OS device way back last year.

Our rating 4*/5*

c) SD Explorer:

Developer: Ivan Lopez

This app will allow you to navigate through your SD card (/emmc) and internal memory (/sdcard). It will let you to open (at the moment, only images and audios), share and delete files.

Note: Because of internal Firefox storage API, empty directories will not be shown.

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As the better alternatives are available, we not strongly recommend this App, but you can give it a try if you want.

Our rating 3*/5*

d) SL-Filemanager:

Developer: Jan Thiemen Postema

SL-Filemanager is an easy to use file manager for Firefox OS built with the enyoJS framework. It lets you move, copy, open and delete files, remove folders and create new folders. Currently English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch are supported.

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This is a good App considering it supports 5 languages. If you are a non-english speaker, then this is for you.

Our rating 4*/5*

e) File Explorer: 

Developer: Blueapps

This App is not recommend to the end user yet as it’s in the Beta testing phase, so of you are a Developer, you can give it a try and give your valued feedback to the developer. Final version of the App will be able to move or copy your files.

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If you keep trying new things, this is just for you. As it’s not a full version of the App, we don’t recommend to new users.

Our rating 2*/5*

Hope now you will have a clear idea of the existing File Managers on Firefox OS platform. Till Mozilla officially introduce any File Manager to their future versions of Firefox OS, you have to download any one of these. So do enjoy and let us know about your favorit one.

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Quake 3 Arena Benchmark – Running on Firefox OS [Video]

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Quake 3 is one of the most popular first person-multi-player shooting game. It’s also known as Quake 3 Arena. Couple of weeks back one of our friends pinged us about it’s arrival for Firefox OS and we finally give it a shot.
Quake 3 Arena Benchmark - Running on Firefox OS [Video]

Quake 3 Arena Benchmark – Running on Firefox OS [Video]

Well, it’s not the full game actually, it’s a benchmark that tests the Firefox OS environment. But it works smoothly on our Geeksphone Keon device, whose specs are very low, as more and more high end devices are coming later this year, we are hoping to see more awesome games using WebGL and OpenGL soon.
Here are few screenshots we have taken during our testing, have a look.

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Also here is a small video of Quake 3  running on a very low specs Geeksphone Keon running Firefox OS (read Boot2Gecko) v1.3.
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Upcoming Camera features of Firefox OS v1.4

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Camera is one of the most common yet important app on today’s modern Smartphone, with features such as BSI, VR Panaroma and introduction of OIS, it eliminates carrying DSLR for many  users. But still this has been limited to the essentials for Firefox OS: Taking pictures and videos, flash and switch between the main and front camera. Other features are missing. This should change with Firefox OS 1.4.

Under the code name MADAI Mozilla team work in Taipei and LG on new features for the camera app from Firefox OS. If all goes according to plan, these features are part of Firefox OS 1.4, which on 25April is to go to the manufacturer.

So far, the equipment of the camera app is pretty lean. New features such as autofocus, face tracking, self-timer, photography during video recording, HDR, Zoom, set the image as well as video resolution or scene modes to enhance the camera of Firefox OS smartphones. As is well known pictures say more than thousand words, follow fitting to the theme images at this point images of the planned features.

We just got few exclusive images of the upcoming Camera features of Firefox OS v1.4. Have a look:

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Firefox OS Guide presenting ‘The King of Firefox OS Apps’ Competition – Details

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Earlier this week Mozilla announced the change for their ‘Featured Apps’ system and give the power to the Firefox OS users worldwide. Now anyone can nominate their favourite Application from Firefox OS Marketplace and the top Apps will be placed as the Featured Apps on the Marketplace homepage. We are impressed! But we want to make it a little bit spicy.

The King of Firefox OS Apps

The King of Firefox OS Apps

Since the beginning Firefox OS Guide is delivering what’s best for Open Source. Because we believe it’s time to give the users the power they deserves. As a fan based blog we want to ask you all, the fans and users of Firefox OS to pick and submit your favorite Apps to us, and on April 1st we will publish the top 16 user pick Apps and put them along with few big names to compete.

If you are an App developer, this is your chance to get noticed in-front of millions and get more FREE!! Publicity from Firefox OS Guide. Here is the format of the competition ‘The King of Firefox OS Apps’:

Round One:

From March 16-31st Nominate (submit) your App to us through the form below. Ask your users to re-submit it, as only top voted 16 Apps will be qualified for the final round of the competition.

Round Two:

On April 1st we will announce the 16 qualified App names along with Top 8 Editor’s choice Apps for the final draw. So in total we will have 24 Apps, no matter which category its from. If you vote (nominate) for it, it will qualify.

We will seed 8 top Editor’s choice App in 8 Pre-QF pots and randomly pick couple of more qualified Apps to compete against it. So each Pre-QF group will have 3 Apps.  After a weeks voting (by you all of course), from each group an App will advance to the next round.

Round Three:

In the Quarter Final we will have only 8 Apps in knock out like competition. After a week of voting (again by you all), from each QF an app will advance to the next round.

Round Four:

In the Semi-Final, we will have the final four remaining App of your choice and only you can pick who will advance to the Final of this year’s ‘The King of Firefox OS Apps’.

Round Five:

Top two voted Apps will have a Face- Off for the final showdown. At the end of the voting we will crown the ‘The King of Firefox OS Apps’.

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As an App Developer you can nominate your App and ask your users to re-submit your App through the form below. As an user you can ask your favorite App developer to submit their App to us to qualify for the competition.

T&C: Only the Apps which are freely available on Firefox OS Marketplace will qualify for this competition. We will be the final judge for the Round One result and from Round Two, it all depends on the user Voting.

Prize: Through this competition we will give your App a heck of Free publicity, and you want MORE? ;)

Let’s not waste any more of your time and grab your best App’s link from the Firefox OS Marketplace and put it on the form below along with the name of the App before time runs out. And Yeah! Don’t forget to share this page to all your friends and family (did we miss to say your App users too!) for re-submitting it again.

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Firefox OS Marketplace brings public voting – community now has a voice

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Since its birth Mozilla is the advocate of Openness and Open Source of the web. Last year when they revealed the HTML5 based Firefox OS, they have taken one major step towards open source, where anyone can contribute. Firefox Marketplace gives us another interesting argument against other closed ecosystems. Now the public voting is available and everybody can nominate any application from the Firefox OS Marketplace to be featured.

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This can be an app like our FFOS, or a game like Craigen or Captain Rogers. It really depends only on us and makes a huge difference from the iOS or Android stores.

From the very beginning, one of the key goals for Firefox Marketplace has been to develop an app store with a strong community curation element. We feel it’s in the best interest of both content developers and consumers to offer a truly democratized app discovery experience.

Today we took a small but significant step in making community curation a reality. We just published a page whereby anyone can nominate their favorite apps on Marketplace. Top picks from the community will in turn become featured apps on Marketplace.

For now, community and Mozilla editorial staff picks will be consolidated under the single banner of “Featured Apps” on Marketplace, but we’re working on a new Marketplace design that will present community curated content in a distinct and highly visible way. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months.

This is a true power given to the simple users, so I’m very interested how it will evolve in the future. If you have any App on Firefox OS Marketplace, it’s time to act and ask your users to help you to get more visibility. Here on Firefox OS Guide, we are planning to help both the Developers as well as Mozilla on this awesome initiative. So stay with us as we will soon reveal more information about our plan. To get the latest news, reviews and inside scoops, join us -

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