Hungry Fridge – mobile Firefox OS game with Gamepad API support on desktop

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Hungry Fridge is a game available in the Firefox Marketplace, but it’s quite different from your regular mobile apps. Enclave Games prepared an experiment using the Gamepad API, so you can control a fully-blown driving, shooting and eating machine.

The game is quite simple when you play it on a mobile device. All you have to do is to tap on some food to collect it – it’s “good” (veggies) and “bad” (junk) food, but you also have to follow the color of the marker the Fridge wants to eat.

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Hungry Fridge is hungry! Feed it with proper food to get the highest score!

The Fridge will tell you what it wants to eat. Follow the color of the food marker and its counter, tap the proper food to feed the Fridge and collect points. Tap the wrong food or let it go out of the screen and you will lose energy.

The difference is when you launch it on a desktop with the gamepad connected – it will turn into Super Turbo Hungry Fridge:

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The Gamepad API is in the draft stage, but it works well in the Firefox browser already.

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The game itself was created using Phaser and the full source code is available on GitHub. You can play the game online, get it from the Firefox Marketplace and read the short making of blog post – this game was used as an example in the Playing Around with the Gamepad API chapter in the HTML5 Game Development Insights book.

It’s an interesting case of one game working differently on mobile and desktop using bleeding-end technology and delivering console-like experience right in your browser without any plugins.

Intex Cloud FX to hit Indian market in August, Spice’s Firefox OS device in July

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Just yesterday Mozilla announced Intex and Spice as its hardware partners to launch Firefox OS smartphones in India. Today, Spice has confirmed that its first smartphone running on Mozilla’s operating system will launch as early as July in India.

The company also revealed that the smartphones will be placed in the ultra-affordable segment (under INR 2000) and will be targeted at first time smartphone users. The company hasn’t revealed any specifications for the device, except for its dual-SIM capabilities. This will be a great experience for first time users are with minimal cost they can enjoy many features of modern Smartphones.

We can only speculate that it could boast specifications similar to what Mozilla showcased at the MWC earlier this year. That device featured a 3.5-inch HVGA display, Spreadtrum SC6821 chipset, and connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The company had revealed that phones on this hardware platform could be priced as low as Rs 1,500.

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Meanwhile Intex in a statement on Thursday said its first Firefox OS smartphone, the Intex Cloud FX, would be priced under Rs. 2,000 when it launches in the first week of August. The company said the Cloud FX would sport a 3.5-inch display (resolution unspecified), and be powered by a 1GHz processor (number of cores unspecified).

Other features detailed by Intex for its Cloud FX smartphone running Firefox OS include a 2-megapixel rear camera, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The specifications detailed by Intex are conspicuously similar to the reference $25 Firefox OS smartphone platform unveiled by Mozilla and Spreadtrum at MWC 2014.

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Intex and Spice join hands with Mozilla, bringing Firefox OS to India soon!

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The wait is over for Firefox OS lovers here in India, on 10th of June, Mozilla in a Press Release announced the arrival of Firefox OS in the country with not only one but with two local brands. Intex and Spice are known for their value for money low cost devices and very popular in rural India as well as country wide penetration. This association is indeed give them new high.

According to the Press Release, in the next few months both Intex and Spice are going to introduce their respective Smartphones powered by Firefox OS.

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“Intex is excited to announce its association with Mozilla which will enable us to develop unparalleled smart devices on the latest Firefox OS platform, said Mr. Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobile, Intex Technologies (India) Ltd. “The platform will give us an edge in upgrading buyers from feature phones to smartphones while making it affordable for the mass market. This will propel our devices to be much more than a way to use the Web, but take the engagement further and develop the Web as a mobile platform.”

Mr. Dilip Modi, Co-Founder & CEO of Spice, said, “We have been the technology innovators in India’s telecom industry and are pleased to introduce Firefox OS in India through our smartphones to cater to the country’s masses. This partnership with Mozilla showcases our commitment to providing the best technological innovations first-hand to our customers. We have high expectations from this partnership as we continue to constantly push the boundaries, and bring unique and exciting products to our customers. These phones will be affordably priced to ensure everyone can enjoy and experience the power of the Firefox OS phone.”

“Spreadtrum and Mozilla’s turnkey solution defines a new level in smartphone affordability. Together with handset makers, we can now make the smartphone experience accessible to more consumers globally. We are pleased to be working together with Mozilla and with handset brands around the world to bring these affordable open Web devices to market,” said Xiaomao Xiao, vice president of software development at Spreadtrum.

So we just have to wait few more weeks till both the brands officially unveils their Smartphones with Mozilla Firefox OS. Keep following us as we will let you know more about it in the coming days.

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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