Here's how to install Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview experimental app on your Android device to experience and test drive Firefox OS.
Firefox OS, Mozilla’s attempt to make a dent into the crowded smartphone market, has reached another milestone today with the release of Firefox OS Simulator 3.0, the new developer tool that allows developers and smartphone enthusiasts alike to give the smartphone operating system a try, straight from their computers.
Throughout the history of iOS, several third-party browsers have made it to the platform, although the built-in Safari browser is the only one that can be integrated deeply into the system. At a panel at SXSW, a conference taking place in Texas, Mozilla Vice-President of Product Jay Sullivan made it clear that Firefox will not be making its way to iOS until Apple opens up to third-party browsers.
Mozilla's biggest export is Firefox, and with Windows 8 having been in circulation for a few months now, the next stage of preparations for a version of the popular browser tailored to Microsoft's latest OS release have begun. Last week, the Metro/Modern-ized browser reached Mozilla's nightly build channel, and today, it has reached Mozilla-central. Although Firefox desktop product manager Asa Dotzler confessed there is still "plenty of work" to be done, it has now reached a point where it is stable enough for regular testing.
Windows Phone 8 is on the up these days accompanied by fantastic devices like the Lumia 920, but it seems to be the emerging Firefox OS that is gathering interest as a newcomer to the scene. Although extremely early builds of the operating system have been released for those daring enough to try it out, not many people have witnessed it in the flesh, that is until it appeared on a mysterious smartphone during a CES event.
With Mozilla opting to release new versions of its popular browser at light speed these days, it's not surprising to see version 12 being released today - just 5 weeks after Firefox 11 dropped for Windows, Mac and Linux.
The Firefox browser by the Mozilla Corporation has been around since November 2004 and finds itself as one of the more favored, established web browsers. The browser is free and open-source which is managed on a day to day basis by Mozilla with recent estimates showing that it is the second most widely used internet browser, totaling approximately 25% of worldwide usage.
If you've been eager to download the final version of Firefox 6, you might be happy to know that it's already available on Mozilla's servers. While it's expected to be rolled out through the browser's automatic updating feature starting next week, you can get it now.
Mozilla appears to be attempting at entering the already tight mobile operating system market with their Boot to Gecko project, which was proposed today.