Firefox OS Simulator Now Available For Download
Mozilla’s Firefox OS Simulator just saw its version 1.0 release. Though Firefox phones haven’t yet seen the light of day, you can download a plugin directly from Mozilla and test out their phone interface yourself. The simulator should work with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers running the latest version of Firefox.
Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with previous builds, Firefox OS still seems like a tech demo to prove that an iOS-style interface can be ported to HTML 5. Navigation in Firefox OS should be very familiar if you’re used to an iPhone; it’s the same four rows of icons on a dock, lockscreen, home button, notification center, and app switcher paradigm that you’re used to. The contacts and calendar apps are, in particular, very similar to their iOS counterparts, with only a few stylistic elements changed. Hopefully the current UI design is a placeholder, and we’ll see something unique to justify Firefox OS’ existence.
If you want to try the Firefox OS Simulator, update Firefox and then download the plugin from Mozilla’s official site. Once the plugin is installed be able to find the simulator in your browser under Firefox -> Web Developer -> Firefox Simulator. If you encounter any bugs while using the simulator, you can file a report on GitHub.
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