Firefox OS

Firefox OS phase-out cut-off plan laid out

End-of-line dates are shared by Mozilla for the Firefox OS program, all of its in-house development, and all future Market submissions therein. This announcement release was not unexpected. Firefox OS was given its death sentence late last year - at least in mobile form. Now the Firefox OS development crew at Mozilla turn their eyes to more important projects with bigger futures.

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Firefox OS will live on in tablets, keyboards, routers

Firefox OS is dead. Long live Firefox OS! Or something to that extent. Mozilla might have pulled the plug on a Firefox OS smartphone, but it technically hasn't killed the platform yet. It even hinted that Firefox OS proved to be a scalable Web-based platform and is, in fact, being used for some smart TVs. Apparently, Mozilla might also have plans to go beyond that entertainment appliance. Based on some leaked documents, the foundation is looking into bringing Firefox OS to tablets, standalone keyboards, and even routers.

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Firefox OS isn’t dead (but then again it is)

This week at the developer event Mozlando, Mozilla revealed that Firefox OS was dead. At the same time, they really didn't. They suggested that they'd no longer be bringing the smartphone love with Firefox OS - they'd no longer be attempting to sell Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels. That's different from the entire operating system dying. At the same time, the OS has been promoted as a smartphone OS almost exclusively over the past several years... so... we'll just have to wait and see.

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Experience Firefox OS on your Android phone the safe way

It's been a while since we last heard from it, but it seems that Firefox OS is still ongoing. And though the stream of Firefox OS smartphones have slowed down to less than a trickle, there's now a way for you to get a taste of what the platform really has to offer. To some extent, that is. Mozilla has just launched the developer preview of Firefox OS 2.5 for Android phones that you can now install just like a regular app. No need to flash your device just for an appetizer.

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b2gdroid turns Firefox OS into an Android launcher

Ever been curious about that piece of software called Firefox OS but couldn't really justify buying even the cheapest smartphone for it? Do you have an Android phone? If you said yes to both, then this might be your lucky day, depending on how you look at it. A new experiment coming straight from Mozilla's developers now gives curious users a chance to play with Firefox OS. Except, you aren't really going to be the full experience, as the b2gdroid app is basically a Firefox OS Android homescreen replacement.

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Panasonic’s first Firefox OS smart TV’s hit Europe

First announced earlier this year, the first smart TV's running Firefox OS are finally available for sale in Europe. In a partnership between Panasonic and Firefox, six models of the Panasonic Viera smart TV's will now run the Linux-based OS. The availability of each model depends on the European country. Although they're not available stateside yet, the Firefox OS Vieras are set to launch globally "in the coming months."

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Mozilla reveals the Firefox OS for TV user interface

From web browser to phone and now to TVs, Mozilla Firefox has quickly outgrown its simple roots and is now aiming for the sky with the ultimate goal of a "Connected Home". But the size and location of a smart TV present a challenge when designing an interface that goes beyond a desktop window or a smartphone screen. For this purpose, Mozilla has stitched up an interface that is both new to Firefox users yet, at the same time, familiar to those who have already been using Smart TVs for some time.

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Panasonic’s new 4K VIERA LED TV line to run Firefox OS

The platform wars are moving to smart TVs. Don't believe it? Samsung is putting Tizen on all its smart TVs this year. LG's own sets already have webOS inside. Now Panasonic is joining the fray, but not with an operating system that it has developed itself. As it showed at CES last month, the consumer electronics maker is betting big on Firefox OS and it is announcing that all the members of its new 4K VIERA TV line will be employing the web-based platform for its user interface.

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Alcatel Pixi 3 smartphone runs three operating systems

Inside the newest Alcatel device to be revealed by the manufacturer this week, you'll find the ability to run Android, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone. You'll find four different variations of the device, each with its own display size: 3.5-inch, 4-inch, 4.5-inch, and 5-inch. The smallest of these devices works with 3G internet data connectivity, while the three larger models are made to run 4G LTE. These devices will probably be released outside of the USA at first - but cross your fingers for the future.

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Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS isn’t dead just yet! A new report suggests the operating system that runs web apps instead of native ones is coming, but will hit Japan rather than the United States. In conjunction with Japanese carrier KDDI, Mozilla is bringing Firefox OS to the Japanese via a new smartphone. The FxO is decidedly mid-range, but is adequate for what Firefox OS asks of it. the device goes on sale today, though we’ve not yet learned what pricing will be.

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MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick is a Firefox OS-based dongle tasked with taking on Google's Chromecast (check out our review). The device has seen ample success on Kickstarter and will be arriving this coming February if all goes as planned, a bit sooner for those who backed the project. The device will be a touch cheaper than the Chromecast when it arrives, but if you're not patient enough to wait another few months, there's another alternative: a ported version of MatchStick's software for an already-available streaming dongle.

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