Firefox OS is here

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Well if you use internet a lot than you must be familiar with Firefox – the browser developed by Mozilla Corporation. Now they have come up with a Mobile Operating System on the tradition of Symbian and Android – it’s called Firefox OS.

It is built on open web standards and is free for use. Apps can be built on it if you know HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. So even if you are not an app developer or programmer, you can build apps in Firefox OS if you know these 3 things.

What are its Advantages over others

The OS is a browser, same as Chrome OS which run Chromebook. Great thing about this is that unlike other mobile operating systems (MOS) – which are apps on which other apps run – this is a browser on which apps run, and that means lesser processing needs.

Another big advantage of this OS is that it runs on APIs with the help of JavaScript to connect with the hardware. As a result you don’t need to change the programming for HTML or CSS for different platforms. One app will run the in every Firefox device without changing.

This being a browser, the apps are very responsive to the dimensions of the mobile screen. They will change the look of the output picture depending upon the shape and size of the mobile without any additional programming being fed.

All this means that the processing power needed for running the same apps is far less in Firefox OS than in any other operating systems. This means that Firefox OS would be great for low and middle end mobile devices.

Firefox OS in the Global Market

Because of the flexibility of the OS, telecom carriers can easily modify the interface to develop localized services in tune with their customer’s needs.

Since this OS is great for low end devices, many big telecom companies have committed themselves to the Open web device initiative. They include America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.

Firefox OS has been demonstrated in February 2012. Some phones with firefox OS which can be bought are Alcatel One Touch Fire & ZTE Open. Many more are coming.

Mozilla has also developed a marketplace where developers and consumers can buy and sell apps.

Indian Market for Firefox OS

Because the OS is great for low and medium end mobiles, India (along with other developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia) is set to be a big market for this OS.

There are already many developer communities in India who are building apps for firefox OS and communicating with each other via Facebook and Google groups. You can also find them on mozillaindia.org & Mozilla India Communities. There are Mozilla representative students that are learning to develop apps.

Learn the OS

As the demand from future developers increases for getting the skills to venture into this new OS environment, Technnovation Labs has also launched a course for Firefox OS App Development. Even if you don’t know JavaScript/CSS/HTML5, it shouldn’t hinder you from pursuing the course which teaches the basics of development to bring the app to the market.