The Flame Developer reference phone is currently on its way to developers who either are Mozillians, bought them or have created apps for it.
You can buy the flame device online at everbuying, for $170 including postage and packing and world-wide delivery. There is no contract and not obligation to a mobile provider. This is a developer phone to be used with any SIM you have at hand.
Today we’re going to show you in four short videos what the Flame device is, how to set up your Flame device as a developer phone once you have it, how to flash a new Firefox OS image onto the device and how to throttle the RAM to simulate slower devices.
For all of this you need a few things:
- A USB cable to connect the Flame device
- You need ADB and Fastboot installed. You can get this by installing the full Android developer suite or using these small and simple installer for Windows or Linux and OSX
Say “hello” to the Flame device
In this video we quickly introduce you to the Flame Developer reference phone, explaining its features and specifications.
Setting up your Flame device
In this video you will learn how to set up your Flame device as a developer device. This includes enabling the developer menu and getting detailed information about the running apps using the Developer HUD. This tool tells you not only the detailed memory consumption of your apps, but also the frames per second they run on and where you memory went. All of which directly on the device itself.
Changing the RAM of your Flame device
Out of the box the Flame device comes with 1GB of RAM which is a good number for a daily use phone, but much more than a lot of the commercially available Firefox OS devices have. That’s why we made it easy for developers to simulate less powerful devices by throttling the RAM using ADB and Fastboot.
Flashing a new Firefox OS image to your Flame device
In most cases, the over the air OS upgrades of Firefox OS should be enough for developers to stay up to date. If you want to live closer to the edge though, you can easily flash images provided by Mozilla to your device. All it needs is rebooting your device from the command line and running a shell script.
That’s it for now – stay up-to-date on the Wiki
We hope these videos have shown you how much insight into your apps and Firefox OS you get on a Flame device. All the information is also available on the Flame Device wiki page and will get updates as new information is available.
About Chris Heilmann
Evangelist for HTML5 and open web. Let's fix this!