Firefox OS FAQ

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How do I get a developer preview phone?
They will soon be available from the Geeksphone website.
If I don’t want to buy a phone, can I still develop an app for Firefox OS?
Absolutely! You can test out your app on Android (using Marketplace for Firefox) or on your desktop using the Firefox OS simulator.
How does it compare to the final phone?
We are working with several partners to bring the phone to the general consumer market. We’ll be talking about those devices later.
Where can I download Firefox OS to try on my own phone?
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Building_and_installing_Firefox_OS
How can I test my app on Firefox OS?
On Android or using the Firefox OS simulator.
What is Firefox OS?
A. It is a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards. It allows for every device function (calling, messaging, browsing etc) to be developed as an HTML5 application which can access the underlying capabilities of a phone (only available to native apps on other ecosystems).
What is the full list of Web API? Are you looking to standardize then?
A large number of WebAPIs will be supported in the initial implementation of Firefox OS. A complete list can be found at https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI#APIs. Standardisation is ongoing.
Are your Web APIs being standardized for cross-platform use?
Yes, the APIs are the result of working with several partners and vendors and a few of them already ended up in other platforms. Enabling Web Apps to access the hardware our end users have is a problem almost every technology company is dealing with and our offers are a good starting point to make this happen for more platforms.

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<dl>
  <dt>
    How do I get a developer preview phone?</dt>
  <dd>
    They will soon be available from the <a href="http://www.geeksphone.com/">Geeksphone</a> website.</dd>
  <dt>
    If I don’t want to buy a phone, can I still develop an app for Firefox OS?</dt>
  <dd>
    Absolutely! You can test out your app on Android (using <a href="https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/10/firefox-marketplace-aurora/">Marketplace for Firefox</a>) or on your desktop using the <a href="/en-US/docs/Tools/Firefox_OS_Simulator">Firefox OS simulator</a>.</dd>
  <dt>
    How does it compare to the final phone?</dt>
  <dd>
    We are working with several partners to bring the phone to the general consumer market. We’ll be talking about those devices later.</dd>
  <dt>
    Where can I download Firefox OS to try on my own phone?</dt>
  <dd>
    <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Building_and_installing_Firefox_OS">https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Building_and_installing_Firefox_OS</a></dd>
  <dt>
    How can I test my app on Firefox OS?</dt>
  <dd>
    On Android or using the Firefox OS simulator.</dd>
  <dt>
    What is Firefox OS?</dt>
  <dd>
    A. It is a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards. It allows for every device function (calling, messaging, browsing etc) to be developed as an HTML5 application which can access the underlying capabilities of a phone (only available to native apps on other ecosystems).</dd>
  <dt>
    What is the full list of Web API? Are you looking to standardize then?</dt>
  <dd>
    A large number of WebAPIs will be supported in the initial implementation of Firefox OS. A complete list can be found at<a href="https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI#APIs"> https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI#APIs</a>. <a href="https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/01/mozilla-joins-the-w3c-dap-webapi-progress/">Standardisation is ongoing</a>.</dd>
  <dt>
    Are your Web APIs being standardized for cross-platform use?</dt>
  <dd>
    Yes, the APIs are the result of working with several partners and vendors and a few of them already ended up in other platforms. Enabling Web Apps to access the hardware our end users have is a problem almost every technology company is dealing with and our offers are a good starting point to make this happen for more platforms.</dd>
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