Mozilla Releases Firefox OS Developer Preview – PC Magazine
Firefox OS might be fun to run on your Android device, but you might also be a bit hesitant to use it as your primary smartphone operating system just in case you don’t like itor, worse, there are some bugs that you just can’t deal with.
However, you don’t have to go through the process of flashing your device just to give Firefox OS a try (then restoring it to its factory defaults if it doesn’t work out). Mozilla recently released version 2.5 of the Firefox OS and, with it, a brand-new “developer preview” version that lets you experience the operating system as if you had installed it for-real.
“Re-flashing existing hardware means losing user data as well as access to Android apps that you may depend on. There’s always an inherent risk of rendering your hardware inoperable, i.e., bricking your device. Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview avoids these issues by replacing the Android home screen with the Gaia (UI) layer of Firefox OS. Effectively you can use Firefox OS while still having full access to your Android apps. Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview makes Firefox OS available to more developers, testers, localizers, and supporters of the Open Web around the world,” reads a blog post from Mozilla’s Peter Dolanjski.
Installing the developer preview is as easy as hitting up Mozilla’s site and clicking on the “get the Androind app” buton. You’ll have to sideload it onto your device, but it shouldn’t be too tricky to transfer the .apk to your phone and install it that way.
“Firefox OS is the first truly open mobile platform built entirely on Web technologies, bringing more choice and control to the mobile industry and delivering an unparalleled level of customization that empowers developers, operators, hardware manufacturers and even consumers to create customized and innovative, connected experiences,” reads Mozilla’s description.
New features in Firefox OS 2.5 include support for add-ons, a new “tracking protection” aspect that allows users to control just how websites track their Web browsing, and a new “pin the Web” feature that lets you sticky websites to your Android home screen.