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Applications Open for Expanded Tablet Contribution Program

Last month, Mozilla announced the Tablet Contribution Program to help deliver Firefox OS to the tablet form factor. Today, we are excited to open the Application for Hardware Support to Mozillians all over the world who will sign up to contribute to Firefox OS coding, testing, localizing, and product planning.

The first device for this program is the 10″ InFocus tablet from Foxconn, with a 1.0GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A7 processor.

Foxconn's InFocus F1 New Tab running Firefox OS Brand/Model: Foxconn InFocus
Processor: A31 (ARM Cortex A7) Quad-Core 1.2GHz w/ PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 16GB
Screen: 10.1" IPS capacitive multi-touch @ 1280x800
Camera: Dual cameras, 2MP/5MP
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
Ports: Micro SD, Micro USB, headphone
Other: GPS/AGPS, Bluetooth, Gyroscope
Battery: 7000mAh

Today, we’re also excited to announce an upcoming addition to the program, a 7″ Vixen tablet from VIA, with a 1.2Ghz Dual core Cortex-A9 processor.

VIA Vixen running Firefox OS Brand/Model: VIA Vixen
Processor: WM8880 (ARM Cortex A9) Dual-Core 1.2Ghz w/ Dual-Core Mali 400 GPU
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 8GB
Screen: 7" capacitive multi-touch @ 1024x600
Camera: Dual cameras, 0.3MP/2.0MP
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
Ports: Micro SD, Micro USB, Mini HDMI, headphone
Other: Bluetooth, Accelerometer
Battery: 4000mAh

We have limited quantities of these developer devices so we’re looking for dedicated contributors who can commit to regular testing and reporting of defects, identifying and documenting feature gaps with competitor tablets, triaging incoming bug reports, localizing and translating UI, prioritizing work and building roadmaps, hacking on existing features and bugs, defining new features and experiences, and more.

If that sounds exciting to you, and you’ve got time and skills to work with Mozilla to make a real difference in the tablet space, apply now for free developer tablet hardware from Mozilla.

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  1. Théo Chevalier wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 09:45:

    So many news today! So proud of Mozilla, very exciting time.
    Can’t wait to hack!

  2. hafizh wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 10:03:

    wow amazing , i want it

  3. ilham akbar gaus wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 10:09:

    i have done apply, i hope i can get it.. like it :3 support firefox

  4. mamdohibrahim wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 11:05:

    نتمنى لكم كل التوفيق

  5. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 11:58:

    Théo, yes, it’s a very exciting year for Mozilla. It reminds me of the year or so leading up to Firefox’s launch a decade ago.

    hafizh, you should apply! If you can help us make it great, we want you to have the hardware to do it.

    ihham, good luck! We have a limited supply and will be evaluating the applications over the coming couple of weeks.

    mamdohibrahim, thank you for the well wishes. We could use more Arabic speakers participating. Did you apply?

  6. petzichen wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 12:18:

    How long I could wait for an answer from you? And how do you know my eMail-adress there? :O From my Mozillians-account? I love Firefox OS :D I would it enjoy :P

  7. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:01:

    petzichen, we will be reviewing applications as they come in and responding to everyone within a couple of weeks of their application submissions. You need to put your email address in the form if you want to be considered for a tablet.

  8. Tristan Tilson wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:22:

    Can’t wait to see if I get accepted for the program!!

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:41:

      Tristan, I share your enthusiasm for this program. It’s very exciting to me to be able to help people get over the participation hump of not having a Firefox OS device, or the right one.

      We’re going to begin our tablet explorations with a lot more community than we did our early phone explorations.

  9. Tristan Tilson wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:41:

    Asa I might’ve put in the wrong email address what should I do?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:43:

      Tristan, you should be able to submit a second form (somewhat of a pain in the behind, but…) and I’ll clear out the older one. Alternatively, if there’s enough information in your form for me to find the right contact address (like a Mozillians profile URL or similar) I can use that.

      1. Tristan Tilson wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 14:05:

        Thanks Asa for your help. I just resubmitted an application for the program and hope that i will be selected to help out in any way i can! Do you have any idea of when i may know of when i am Selected or not?
        Thanks

        1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 14:50:

          Tristan, depends some on the volume of applications and how long it takes me to sort through them. You will hear something within two weeks.

  10. Fachrul Razy wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 17:46:

    I can’t wait to contribute to Mozilla.. especially the Firefox OS…

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 18:22:

      Wonderful! You can get a start with docs at https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox_OS

  11. Psep wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 18:07:

    Cool! I love Firefox OS!!! :D

  12. Adwait Sharma wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 18:13:

    Asa, I am really excited about this :)

    I filed an application but, received no confirmation or any acknowledgement mail. Is it normal ?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 18:19:

      Adwait, that’s normal. Don’t want to start sending email until we have something useful to say. I see your application did make it through.

      1. Adwait Sharma wrote on February 23rd, 2014 at 18:22:

        Great ! Thank you.

  13. Antoine Turmel wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 03:52:

    This is great news :)
    I made a request for me, and the Fab Lab in my town made a request too.

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 10:45:

      Great!

  14. fbender wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 08:52:

    Just applied as well, the essay got a little longer than I planned, though (I only passed the length restriction due to a “bug” in the word counting: a forward slash is not counted as a separator) – I hope that’s okay. Just too much excitement for what lies ahead!

    (BTW: a plus sign in the email adress is still not allowed for the comment form, Bug 788113.)

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 10:46:

      Wow. Great! Thanks.

  15. Ima GB wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 09:19:

    Hi everybody,

    I’ve been reading the specifications of the new Fifefox OS tablets, and I haven’t found anything about FM Radio chip/hardware in this devices.
    Could anyone tell me if this chip is going to be in those tablets?? I’m developing an app using FM Radio API, so it’s so important for me know it.

    Thanks!!

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 10:47:

      I’ll double check, but I believe that the 10″ tablet has an FM radio while the 7″ does not.

  16. Ram wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 13:08:

    Another awesome news. Applied just now. Looking forward to get accepted :) Thanks you very much Asa Dotzler.

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 21:09:

      Good luck!

  17. 陈立 wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 19:36:

    Can I submit the reports in Chinese ? Or only English?
    VIA Vixen 颇具诱惑啊!支持FFOS,看好你哦!
    wow amazing,i want them

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 21:09:

      English, please.

      1. leona wrote on February 24th, 2014 at 23:03:

        hi,Asa
        Is there any different from developing on mobile?

        1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 25th, 2014 at 15:00:

          The program is primarily focused on developing the operating system itself, and its built in system and productivity apps which are all written completely in JavaScript and HTML5.

  18. Isham Mohamed wrote on February 26th, 2014 at 11:08:

    Wowowowow… Just applied for tge program Hope I would lime to get one and transtale the total Firefox OS to tamil language and pory my Web apps as Firefox OS apps as well..

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 26th, 2014 at 12:12:

      Thanks for your enthusiasm, Isham. You can start learning about Firefox OS development at https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox_OS and https://wiki.mozilla.org/FirefoxOS

      1. Isham Mohamed wrote on February 28th, 2014 at 10:19:

        I am already started developing apps for Firefox OS.. and a Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 dev as well. hope to port all my apps to Firefox..

  19. Anmol wrote on February 26th, 2014 at 12:55:

    Well, that’s another great news from Mozilla!
    I’d like to contribute!
    Applied! Hope I get one, fingers crossed!

  20. Rejah wrote on February 26th, 2014 at 14:39:

    I filed an application.How could i confirm my request received?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 26th, 2014 at 14:54:

      Rejah, we will be reaching out to everyone who applied in the next couple of weeks with updates on those selected and not. Thanks for applying!

  21. Saddam Hossain wrote on February 28th, 2014 at 07:17:

    Cool! Just finished applying. Would be a great experience to have one and contribute.

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on February 28th, 2014 at 09:18:

      Good luck, Saddam!

  22. ariestiyansyah wrote on February 28th, 2014 at 22:53:

    Just submited the form, hopefully can get the device :D .anyway I’ve submited 2 times sir, already confirm to your mozilla mail, please check. Thank you so much.

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 1st, 2014 at 10:48:

      Yes, Rizky, I see your application.

  23. Abhiram wrote on March 1st, 2014 at 22:20:

    Applied :)

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it :D. In the meantime, I would be happy to look at ways to localize firefox os into my mother tongue( Telugu from India).

    Are there any active localization projects in my language? If so can I join them?

    Thanks

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 2nd, 2014 at 10:08:

      Abhiram, yes, visit https://wiki.mozilla.org/L10n:Teams:te and to learn more about the Mozilla contributors working there.

      https://wiki.mozilla.org/L10n has the main information on localization.

  24. Pavi wrote on March 1st, 2014 at 22:28:

    Asa I applied for the program. I am willing to contribute to the project in various ways , hope the text I have sent is too diversified. L10n in my local language is something which I am passionate about . But I also would like to see the coming together of “Knowledge of commons” like wikipedia , open standards and L10n creating a useful experience for the targetted audience who mostly are from the developing world and would be introduced to probably their first tablet ever !

    Also as a linux geek it would be nice to play around and hack a linux tablet which hopefully has all drivers and support from the hardware manufacturer. Ints interesting to see accelerometer which means there is a potential to create a racing game with movement controls. Also how does the GPS work with out sim slot, guessing it doesn’t need “assistance” as AGPS and if so it would be great to have offline maps using OSM

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 2nd, 2014 at 10:06:

      Thanks for applying, Pavi!

  25. Sourav Lahoti wrote on March 3rd, 2014 at 22:20:

    Its time to make Tablet experience better for the users. Applied for the program. All set and Geared up.

  26. Jithin Shah wrote on March 5th, 2014 at 04:45:

    Asa another doubt abt ffos . When will it get support for accelerometer ? looking forword to hack the tab and make it child- friendly .

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 5th, 2014 at 09:14:

      Gecko has had support for speaking to accelerometers for many years now.

  27. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 7th, 2014 at 01:04:

    We’re wrapping up the first round of applications in 24 hours. There will be another round :)

  28. Sourav Lahoti wrote on March 7th, 2014 at 05:07:

    If we don’t get selected do we need to re apply in the second round or the same application will be taken into consideration.

  29. Richard Secrist wrote on March 7th, 2014 at 20:04:

    I’m so glad to see Firefox OS come to tablet space! Is there a way to put up Firefox OS images in VMs, on other non-project tablets, or even netbooks? What kind of evaluations are taking place concerning OS security?

    I’ve been looking for a way to contribute at Mozilla and blazing new trails, especially in areas like automated software testing that I have experience in, would be an awesome way to help! What was the cutoff time for the first round? If I missed it, do you have a date for the second round yet?

    Thank you kindly!
    rcs

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 11:28:

      Don’t have a date for the second round. You don’t need a tablet to test Firefox OS. You can work on it in the Firefox App Manager and Firefox OS Simulator https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/10/introducing-the-firefox-os-app-manager/

  30. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 7th, 2014 at 23:27:

    Applications wrapping up in 1.5 hours. It’s not clear yet whether we will need a second application for the next round of the program. We may have different goals requiring some different qualifications. If so, I think we can save repeat applicants answering some of the same questions twice. I’m still looking into this.

    1. Cristian Silaghi wrote on March 9th, 2014 at 03:50:

      Asa, any news? :)

    2. Cristian Silaghi wrote on March 10th, 2014 at 10:47:

      Asa, any news? :D

      1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 11:26:

        What kind of news are you after? Applications for round one have closed. We’re evaluating them now. As noted in the application process, we will have results within the month of the applications opening, so within the next two weeks. I hope we can move quickly and get results this week but there are a lot of applications to read through.

    3. Richard Secrist wrote on March 10th, 2014 at 21:24:

      Thanks Asa. Can Firefox OS run under VirtualBox?

      Regards,
      rcs

  31. Anmol wrote on March 9th, 2014 at 12:10:

    When can we expect a mail telling us if we were selected?

  32. Fredrik wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 10:41:

    Can a download a rom copy for the wondermedia 8880 somewhere to run firefox os?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 11:24:

      Fredrik, not that I know of.

  33. Tanay Pant wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 10:53:

    I got Firefox Student Ambassador’s newsletter today. Now its too late to apply for a developer tablet. I wished to apply for the creative development and penetration testing of the Firefox OS.

    Any way I could apply now?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 11:07:

      Tanay, there will be more opportunities in the near future. Stay tuned.

  34. Jitesh Middha wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 10:54:

    Mozilla’s Tablet Contribution Program is is not accepting additional applications at this time. Thank You!

    :(

  35. Zarif wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 10:56:

    I am so psyched !! this is gonna be amazing I’m sure. Really want to see how the tab looks and works !

  36. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 11:07:

    I’m sorry for those who are just now learning about this through the newsletter and are hitting a closed door. We just wrapped up the first round of applications, but there will be a second round. Stay tuned.

    I hope we’ll have the first round sorted and evaluated this week and those of you who completed the applications will be receiving an email with results in the next week or so.

  37. Siddharth Parashar wrote on March 11th, 2014 at 11:46:

    Waiting desperately for second round Mozilla OS in tablets sounds cool…I am into testing do let me know about second round..Happy to help …test and fgix bugs.

  38. Anton wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 05:19:

    Hello. If I had submitting application in the first round, will be it in second round of this program?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 19th, 2014 at 14:32:

      we are considering this now. expect an answer in the email to all applicants that’s coming soon.

  39. Priyank Agarwal wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 06:02:

    Mozilla’s Tablet Contribution Program has reached its application goals for the first round of tablets. There will be a second round, so stay tuned for updates.

    :/ :( :’(…

  40. san45 wrote on March 13th, 2014 at 09:54:

    Hope phase 2 begin soon :/

  41. odumuyiwa leye wrote on March 13th, 2014 at 13:09:

    Hope the second round selection will begin soon

  42. Francisco Duarte wrote on March 15th, 2014 at 00:29:

    I have been working and trying all (or at least almost all) of the Mozilla products since the beginning and seriously, there is no other web navigator like it! Mozilla is always participating in one way or another to keep the Internet free! Just wanted to tell you guys once more, Thank you!
    And yes, I would love to be able to testing some of your hardware!
    Mozilla people, please keep up the good work! Cheers!

  43. Jose Garcia wrote on March 15th, 2014 at 00:36:

    I have been working with many Mozilla products since the beginning and to me, there is no other company providing us with web tools like it!
    Mozilla is always fighting to maintaining the Internet free!
    Thank you!

  44. phemy wrote on March 17th, 2014 at 08:37:

    mozilla is really making browsing on devices easy. kudos to you guys

  45. Rimas wrote on March 19th, 2014 at 14:11:

    Hi Asa! I’m wondering: will Mozilla contact everyone or just the folk selected to receive the tablets? Having filled out the form, I would surely want to get a reply, even if negative – just to cease waiting and move on without the feeling that an important e-mail message I received might have been miscategorized as spam or simply overlooked. ;)

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on March 19th, 2014 at 14:32:

      We will contact everyone. I’m working on the emails now :)

      1. Rimas wrote on March 20th, 2014 at 10:58:

        Great, thanks for the reply! :)

      2. Cristian Silaghi wrote on March 23rd, 2014 at 08:33:

        Asa, when do you plan to contact everyone? :)

  46. Tanay Pant wrote on March 20th, 2014 at 02:42:

    When will the second round of applications be open? Any estimate?

  47. rejul wrote on March 22nd, 2014 at 22:06:

    I love it. i want it.

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