Hands on with Firefox OS

By , Jul 20, 2012

As you may have heard, Mozilla has released a test version of Firefox OS that anyone can test out on their local Mac or PC.

I decided to go ahead and take it for a test drive, and although I probably definitely didn’t have everything properly configured and optimized, I came away with a decent impression of how the upcoming mobile OS is designed.

Check inside for our brief video hands-on with the Firefox OS test software…

At this point I can’t really form an opinion; it is beta software after all, and it’s not even running on hardware.

What I can confirm, is that the OS is heavily inspired by iOS. Things like “wiggle” mode, the Home screen, swiping, and other subtleties, confirm this. You can also see the cues taken from Android — the keyboard and swipe down Notification Center styled settings panel both attest to this.

It’s way, way too early to make any assumptions, or to come to any conclusions. What I can say is that Mozilla has a long way to go before even think of competing with Android or iOS. It’s an uphill battle, but at least it’ll be interesting to watch.

If you want to learn more about Firefox OS, you can read more about it from our post yesterday. What do you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/adamfogel333 Adam Fogel

    What is the application called that let’s you run Mobile OS on your Mac?

  • jose castro

    looks like iPhone ios and jailbreak tweaks. and even some android

    • http://twitter.com/rahimosahra rahimo

      the interface is like iOS (icons . jigle mode .delete apps.dock…etc) but the lock screen and notifications is just like Android !!!

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    This can’t compete. Looks downright ugly.

  • markfulaytar

    reminds me of dreanmboard

  • Charles Valdez

    The lockscreen looks exactly like Android

  • http://twitter.com/rexexdesign Alexander Reimann

    Man I can’t believe how similar to iOS the deleting of the apps is in the end, this will never fly with Apple. Wish you had at least tested the Firefox browser, considering this is Firefox OS and all ;)

  • Tien Nguyen

    Apparently they had made some changes to the status bar compared to the one from the previous article. However now that we have a closer look at the homescreen, it looks pretty much like that of iOS to me: from the maximum number of apps’ icon available on one screen (also on the “dock” – not sure what they’d call it), to the little details like how the icons have to jiggle when re-arranging and I can tell that the (x) button looks exactly the same as that of iOS. Hope they’ll do something about that. Personal opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gE3k97 Ahmad Ali

    can you please make a how to install video for both mac osx and windows because i seem not to get it :)

  • selcukcura

    I like how mozilla is making their own OS, but its so unoriginal.

  • i8u

    mozilla better have some good lawyers… wink wink

    • Will Walker

      Lol!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368694057 Jean Claude Tohme

      I can imagine the court already :
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      Judge : Ok Apple, what’s your case ?
      Apple : They stole our wiggling mode, and they can access camera and unlock their phones from Lockscreen, and they made a keyboard like ours.
      Google : Notification Center, Cloud Synchronization, OTA updates, Photo Sharing, Twitter Integration, Seriously Apple ?
      Mozilla : Can we talk abou,,,,,,
      Apple & Android : Shut up Mozilla.
      Judge : Ok I’m gonna let Google and Apple settle this. Mozilla you’re Clear.

  • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

    More than Firefox OS this is iOSFirefox

  • Dan

    looks kind of cheap

  • Will Walker

    I don’t know about this one, its like a Android, iOS hybrid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Hmm, Mozilla must have made a deal with the Reapers, to bypass so far without Apple suing the hell out of them haha ;)

  • http://twitter.com/geekinit geekinit

    Version 1.0 doesn’t look like much but I hear they are going to be on version 7 by this time next year.

  • ghulamsameer

    Honestly, it looks like a Winterboard theme.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nihasnebas Nihas Nebas

    i guess an emulator for mozilla os will land on cydia

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    What sort of hardware will this run on? Will Mozilla make their own phone or use someone else’s?

  • EpicFacepalm

    Finally a libre mobile OS after MeeGo

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.burgel.7 Kevin Bürgel

    I was like: oh, how original.

  • http://twitter.com/EccentricThanh Eccentric Thanh

    Where can i get it ?

  • Nicolas Loots

    Hopefully it’s not going to be as closed-source as iOS.

  • ghulamsameer

    We can also just wait until Firefox OS 2 comes out next week.

  • http://twitter.com/packerrd packerrd

    this site should become a site like engadget