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Revision 433631 of Firefox OS FAQ

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What is Firefox OS?
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).
How do I get a developer preview phone?
You can buy one on the Geeksphone website or if you are a Mozilla Rep you can request a Keon.
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 have more information about those devices later.
Where can I download Firefox OS to try on my own phone?
See Building and installing Firefox OS.
How can I test my app on Firefox OS?
On Android or using the Firefox OS simulator.
What is the full list of device APIs? Are you looking to standardize then?
A large number of device APIs 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 device 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 have already ended up in other platforms. Almost every technology company has the problem of enabling Web Apps to access the hardware that end users have and our implementations are a good starting point to make this happen for more platforms.

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  <dt>
    What is Firefox OS?</dt>
  <dd>
    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>
    How do I get a developer preview phone?</dt>
  <dd>
    You can buy one on the <a href="http://www.geeksphone.com/">Geeksphone</a> website or if you are a Mozilla Rep <a href="https://wiki.mozilla.org/ReMo/SOPs/Keon_Request" title="https://wiki.mozilla.org/ReMo/SOPs/Keon_Request">you can request a Keon</a>.</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 have more information about those devices later.</dd>
  <dt>
    Where can I download Firefox OS to try on my own phone?</dt>
  <dd>
    See <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Building_and_installing_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 the full list of device APIs? Are you looking to standardize then?</dt>
  <dd>
    A large number of device APIs 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 device 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 have already ended up in other platforms. Almost every technology company has the problem of enabling Web Apps to access the hardware that end users have and our implementations are a good starting point to make this happen for more platforms.</dd>
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