Phones for Apps for Firefox OS

Update: Today, Wednesday, June 19, we began inviting app developers with winning Firefox OS app proposals to join the Phones for Apps program. We will begin shipping Geeksphones to app developers who’ve committed to building and porting apps for Firefox OS. Congratulations.

Thanks to everyone who participated by sending a proposal. The open mobile web needs your interest and enthusiasm. And your apps!

Whether or not you receive an invitation now, the Marketplace is open and there’s never been a better time to submit your apps. We regret we can’t respond to the thousands of you with great ideas for apps for Firefox OS. There will be other opportunities to get access to the the Developer Preview device. We can’t wait to see what you build.

Hello HTML5 app developers, the open mobile web is calling.

We know you’re out there, chomping at the bit, coding, testing, reading documentation, downloading and running the Firefox Simulator. And you’re ready to ‘Send to Device.’ You just need to get your hands on a device.

Today we’re announcing a new program with you in mind. We call it: Phones for Apps for Firefox OS.

Firefox Marketplace on the Geeksphone

Firefox Marketplace on the Geeksphone Keon

Maybe you’ve built apps in the past for Chrome, webOS, Blackberry WebWorks, or the PhoneGap store. Maybe you’ve created beautiful web apps for a desktop environment and now you want to port them to mobile. Maybe you’re a student about to start a summer break. We know you may not live anywhere near Bogota, Colombia or Warsaw, Poland, locations of upcoming App Workshops.

Wherever you are

Wherever you are, if you can show you’ve got a great app idea and the skill to build it, we’d love to see your apps in the Marketplace when the Firefox OS launch begins later this summer. And to sweeten the deal, we’ll send a Firefox OS Developer Preview device for you to work with now.

When Firefox OS phones become available to consumers in select locales this summer, you’ll have an opportunity that only comes around once—a first-mover advantage in Firefox Marketplace. End users in Latin America, Eastern Europe and other launch locations will be on the lookout for playful and practical apps to install: games, tools, and utilities as well as locally relevant news, sports, travel, entertainment, review apps, and social sharing experiences. And you can build and submit them now!

Apply now

Tell us about the Firefox App you’d like to build or port. If your proposal is accepted, we’ll send you a Geeksphone Keon. Our device inventory is limited and our launch dates are approaching fast, so act now. This program will close at the end of May or when our limited supply of Geeksphones runs out. There’s a limit of one phone per app proposal. We can’t wait to see what you’re working on. There’s never been a better time to get started.

Note: We are not accepting applications for the Phones for Apps program at this time.

About Havi Hoffman [Editor]

Developer Relations team content wrangler & writer, Hacks blog editor, creator of programs and events for developers designed to inform, inspire and extend the open web. Lately, Mozilla Tech Speakers. And a garden in Silicon Valley.

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51 comments

  1. Havi Hoffman

    Just a reminder – Please submit your app proposal via the form here: http://bit.ly/phones-for-apps
    The proposal review team will not be able to respond to suggestions via blog comments. Thanks!

    May 9th, 2013 at 09:13

  2. Joshua Smith

    Yay, this is a great idea :)

    May 9th, 2013 at 10:03

  3. yamill

    Awesome. We just applied.

    May 9th, 2013 at 19:37

  4. Christopher K.

    Submitted my idea! I hope it becomes a reality, I think it will be a great application ;)

    May 9th, 2013 at 20:48

  5. Nabih Faour

    This sounds awesome!
    Hopefully, I’ll get my hands on one of those babies soon!

    May 9th, 2013 at 21:08

  6. NemOry

    This is a great opportunity so we can test our FireFox HTML5 Apps in a real device.

    May 9th, 2013 at 22:11

  7. Zuhayeer

    Really cool! Submitted my app, hopefully I will get one soon.

    May 9th, 2013 at 22:45

  8. Aditya Patil

    Its nice concept of Mozilla. We are ready to develop apps for Firefox As I completely known of HTML5. & I already developed apps in HTML5 for Windows 8 & Also For Nokia & Blackberry…
    Now I will like to work for Firefox OS too… :)
    Eager to work on apps for Firefox & test my app on Firefox developer device..

    May 9th, 2013 at 23:12

  9. Jeremie

    Very excited by this new OS ! let’s see how it rocks !

    May 10th, 2013 at 00:33

  10. vishwavardhan

    HTML5 rocks, hopefully no more porting issues!

    May 10th, 2013 at 01:03

  11. Paco

    Applied, thanks!

    May 10th, 2013 at 01:27

  12. murphy

    Just applied. Fingers crossed. ;)

    May 10th, 2013 at 02:04

  13. rulioo

    i like it

    May 10th, 2013 at 02:48

  14. greyhat anit

    Oho!!!!hurry up!!pack up pack up!!!think of app

    May 10th, 2013 at 03:10

  15. Ibukun

    submitted, great web apps idea

    May 10th, 2013 at 03:46

  16. Harold

    hello, still have not confirmed the App Workshops venue in Bogota?

    May 10th, 2013 at 04:53

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      I’ll ask them to contact you.

      May 10th, 2013 at 13:19

      1. Yoann

        I’m interested too

        May 10th, 2013 at 20:11

  17. jcancela

    Nice!!! I have submitted my idea!!

    May 10th, 2013 at 05:14

  18. Jesús

    I like Firefox OS, we like to program new applications in html5 and css :)

    May 10th, 2013 at 05:26

  19. Mairead buchan

    Yes please! We have so many ideas we would like to turn into reality.

    May 10th, 2013 at 06:10

  20. Adam

    We are also very excited for this OS! Just submitted our proposal to rebuild our current dedicated app in HTML5 for Firefox OS, hope we get in!

    May 10th, 2013 at 06:42

  21. Moiz

    Since Firefox browser comes out i m using from that time its great experience let see how OS for mobiles will go?, thnx i just applied

    Regards,

    May 10th, 2013 at 07:19

  22. Tom Dison

    Submitted mine. Next thing I did was install the Firefox OS Simulator – I’m gong to start the port of my app tonight! This is how mobile development should be done – not in little walled gardens. Thanks you Mozilla!

    May 10th, 2013 at 07:21

  23. Ram

    Can I submit 2 ideas ??

    May 10th, 2013 at 07:42

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Please do.

      May 10th, 2013 at 13:17

  24. Bravo Tseng

    Yes please!
    hope we get in

    May 10th, 2013 at 08:30

  25. Bravo Tseng

    Applied, thanks!

    May 10th, 2013 at 08:31

  26. yasshajj

    I dont have phone in this moment, i need phone,XD. Thanks firefox to believe in app html5, i developer games and web (preesonline) i worked with phongap and adobe muse, in this moment i like to starte new project app (smartphone exclusive) with html5 in firefox.

    May 10th, 2013 at 08:46

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Please use the Firefox OS Simulator to test.

      May 10th, 2013 at 13:18

  27. hoomey

    I cant open that link

    May 10th, 2013 at 10:55

  28. mahmood

    Yes please!
    hope we get in

    May 10th, 2013 at 10:57

  29. Havi Hoffman

    @Everyone – Thanks very much for your interest and enthusiasm for Firefox OS and building mobile apps for the Open Web. Start building your apps by downloading and installing Firefox Simulator(it’s a Firefox Add-on) :

    https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/05/firefox-os-simulator-3-0-released/

    Remember, you don’t need to have a phone to start building your Firefox App.

    May 10th, 2013 at 11:00

  30. art

    Please help. i can change my idea? because i send one but now i have one or two more app idea, and much beter then first. Apps like i want add to ideas not exist yet for this platform, and can be first, and i just must rewrite my year old app from c++ to js.

    May 10th, 2013 at 11:25

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Please submit the ideas you have, and we’ll take it from there.

      May 10th, 2013 at 13:13

  31. Dan

    Seems pretty exciting. Can’t wait to see if i get a phone :)

    May 10th, 2013 at 11:41

  32. Ray

    @Havi thanks for pointing out the Simulator option, but my browser crashes after launching with the Add-on.

    May 10th, 2013 at 11:46

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Try with a clean profile, reset Firefox or file a bug for the Simulator.

      May 10th, 2013 at 13:16

  33. Ravindra

    after developing apps for Windows store now its time to show some magic for firefox os

    May 10th, 2013 at 11:49

  34. Ray

    @Robert Just try with a clean profile, reset Firefox. I think the Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat is the possible culprit. I will investigate the cause of crash and report an appropriate bug, if needed. Anyway it is not a big issue till now, I have already started prototyping with chrome and firefox nightly.

    May 10th, 2013 at 13:35

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Thanks for trying. Could be an Ubuntu thing, yes.
      Please feel free to file a bug, perhaps the developers know of a solution or will at least follow up on it.

      May 10th, 2013 at 14:00

      1. Ray

        Now the simulator is running fine.

        May 11th, 2013 at 00:52

        1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

          Great!

          May 11th, 2013 at 04:06

  35. Henry

    Great idea! Awesome! I’m developping an app for android, I want to apply the idea for Firefox OS !!

    May 10th, 2013 at 14:16

  36. omar

    i‘m excited to build applications that its similarity on android and symbyan

    May 10th, 2013 at 14:32

  37. Marco

    Apresentei minha ideia, espero que ocorra tudo bem. Obrigado.

    May 10th, 2013 at 18:08

  38. Rafael Martinez

    I just applied as well! Thanks Mozilla for this awesome opportunity.

    May 10th, 2013 at 18:48

  39. Baljeet Singh

    Great idea, Just submitted the app idea

    May 11th, 2013 at 00:53

  40. nguyenhuynh

    Great idea, I submitted it but why I didn’t receive any email or information from mozilla?

    May 11th, 2013 at 01:01

  41. Robert Nyman [Editor]

    Thanks for all your comments!
    Please use the Apply here link in the article to submit your contribution/idea – we’re looking forward to see what you can come up with!

    Comments are now turned off for this post.

    May 11th, 2013 at 04:09

  42. Havi Hoffman

    Thank you everyone for your interest and enthusiasm. We’ve been overwhelmed by thousands of app ideas submitted and we’ve had to close the form on submissions. Since then I’ve received more than 1000 emails asking to reopen the form. Regret that we don’t have the capacity to reply to all these requests, accept more submissions, or reply to your individual emails. I am not able to make exceptions for special requests.

    Firefox App developers will have other opportunities to receive Developer Preview devices. Stay tuned for more information.

    May 13th, 2013 at 23:10

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