Over the next few weeks we will publish a series of short videos here that explain what Firefox OS means for developers and how you can be part of the revolution it brings to the world.
In various conversations we’ve repeatedly heard from developers that they view Firefox OS as simply a third player in the mobile space next to Android and iOS. This is not exactly what we are trying to achieve. Firefox OS is unique in its approach as it doesn’t target the high-end markets already saturated by other platforms. Instead its goal is to replace feature phones in markets that have no access to high-end smartphones or aren’t even considered in closed application mechanisms like marketplaces. Furthermore we wanted to create the first truly open and web-standards based ecosystem and mobile operating system – nothing in Firefox OS is closed or alien to the Web.
This is why we recorded this video series to explain in a short and simple fashion where you can go to get started as a developer for Firefox OS and how this means writing HTML5 without the limitations other platforms have in place for web-standards based applications.
Today we start with a short video featuring Chris Heilmann (@codepo8) from Mozilla and Daniel Appelquist (@torgo) from Telefónica Digital/ W3C talking about the goals of Firefox OS. You can watch the video here.
Resources mentioned in the video are:
- What makes a great app? https://marketplace.firefox.com/developers/docs/concept
- The Firefox OS developer hub with information about planning your app, building blocks and demo apps to use to create your app and information how to get your app listed in the marketplace https://marketplace.firefox.com/developers/
- The Firefox OS simulator https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/firefox-os-simulator/
We hope you enjoy this and that it answers a few of the questions you had about Firefox OS. Watch this space for more videos in this series.
About Chris Heilmann
Principal Evangelist at Mozilla for HTML5 and open web. Let's fix this!