You Can Now Test Firefox OS On Android Without Hacking Your Phone

12 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Firefox OS preview available for Android users to download.

Until now, that’s meant one of two things: buying one of a small handful of early Firefox OS devices or hacking your existing Android device to pieces to try to get it running. An app is being offered by Mozilla called Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview which replaces the core Android homescreen with an alternate Firefox OS experience. If you can build for the Web using HTML and CSS, you can build Firefox OS.” Mozilla said in a blog post: “As a full operating system, Firefox OS has its own task manager, utility tray, navigation buttons, settings, and more.

Running on top of Android means that these elements of the operating system may come into conflict with those same system functions on Android.” Private Browsing with Tracking Protection: a new Firefox privacy feature allowing users to control how their browsing activity is tracked across many sites. Instead of going through the pain and commitment of re-flashing your phone with Firefox OS, all you have to do is download and install Mozilla’s APK. But fret not: if it’s too buggy or you’re just not feelin’ it, just remove Firefox OS as you would any other launcher, and you’re back to square one. Navigate to Settings > Security and turn on the option called “Unknown sources.” Taking a quick look at Firefox OS on Android, this is a fairly straightforward (some might say boring) way to use a mobile device. The standard Android pull down shade—where you have quick access to features like airplane mode and Bluetooth activation—is gone, replaced by the Firefox OS version.

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