Mozilla shares Firefox OS Simulator, for in-browser app tests

Firefox OS was meant to be an affordable mobile operating system, and so far, Mozilla’s intention has succeeded. We suppose ‘free’ is affordable enough; it’s even cheaper than the ZTE Open we reported on yesterday. Of course, there are catches; it's more for development, and it's in alpha.

Thanks to an official Mozilla add-on, it’s possible to test out Firefox OS with apps from within the browser. Unsurprisingly, to test the OS you need to be running Firefox. Somehow, it works as an add-on for the browser. Compared to most add-ons, the 50MB download is rather hefty, but it's not much for developers.

Regardless, the concept is fairly neat, if not immediately user-friendly. Mozilla already has a fleshed-out page on their developer website, detailing the simulator. For the average user it’s not going to mean much when they’re presented with the OS Simulator, but it’s at least another way to test apps if they wish.

For Mozilla’s part, the concept might kick start some development. After all, not every operating system is free to develop for, and not every OS lets you test your work from within a web browser either.

Source: Mozilla, Reddit

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Erm, this really isn't new at all... I've had the firefox OS simulator extension for about a year now

n_K said,
Erm, this really isn't new at all... I've had the firefox OS simulator extension for about a year now

I was wondering about that, since this is version 3...

The browser speed is okay (better than that of most mobile browsers) - that means that the OS is aimed more at lower-end phones; hence, it doesn't feel as *porky*. (That is one disadvantage to Android and even newer builds of iOS on older or lower-spec hardware - it's like driving a four-cylinder Camaro.)

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