How to simulate the Firefox OS on your PC

How to simulate Firefox OS on your PC

Mozilla is gearing up for the launch of its Firefox OS. Naturally,all the mobile users are expecting its release and thinking of how it would be. Developers are also working hard on apps for the new OS, and Dev devices like the Keon and Peak are already in their hands. Here you’ll find a simple way to get your own hands-on demo of the upcoming mobile OS before it makes it to the commercial space. So here is a way that you can get a glimpse of the OS from the comfort of your Firefox web browser.

Firefox OS is a Linux-based operating system for smartphones and tablets and is being developed by Mozilla since a few years . It is designed to allow HTML5 applications to integrate directly with the device’s hardware using JavaScript and it has been tested on Android-compatible smartphones and Raspberry Pi. Presently, you cannot install it on your phone, but the only way you can get a feel of it is by using a simulator on your desktop PC. The operating system is based on three major software layers within—Gonk (the Linux kernel), Gecko (the application runtime) and Gaia (the user interface). The operating system is still in its test phase until the launch date and the desktop build is code-named Boot2Gecko (B2G). It is available for testing on all platforms, namely, Windows, Mac and Linux.

What you need to get the Firefox OS running on your desktop PC is just the Firefox browser extension and, of course, the browser itself. The procedure is similar to all operating system platforms. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Download and install Mozilla Firefox if you don’t already have it on your PC. The present version is 19.0 for Windows and you can download it by clicking this link.

Step 2: Next, you will need the simulator extension. Click on this link and download the appropriate file for your
operating system. The file is around 67 MB and will be downloaded with the extension name .XPI.

Step 3: Download the file and save it to your desktop. Start Firefox and click on “Tools” and then on “Add-ons”. On the newly opened tab, click on the settings icon on the top right side located before the search bar. Next, click on “Install Add-on from File”. Browse the desktop, select the .xpi file you just downloaded and click on “Open”. In the next dialogue box, click on the “Install” button; the Extension will be added in a few seconds. You can install add-ons using the drag-n-drop method too. Simply open Firefox, drag the .xpi file into the browser window and Firefox will automatically install it. Restart Firefox if asked to

Step 4: You are ready to check out the new smartphone operating system on the simulator from Firefox. Click on “Tools”, then on “Web Developer” and finally on “Firefox OS Simulator”. A new tab opens up indicating the simulator button on the left column and highlighting that it is stopped. Click on the icon to start it and a new floating window will pop up with the smartphone operating system.

Have fun checking out the new OS and see what is new. Check out the settings and install new apps by downloading them from the Market Place. The OS, as we mentioned, is still in development phase. It is an experimental prototype of the actual version and is a bit buggy.


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