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Twitter announces a native app for Mozilla's Firefox OS

Will be available from the Firefox OS marketplace when the devices ship
Tue Feb 26 2013, 11:31
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MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has been working on a native app for Mozilla's Firefox mobile operating system (OS), and it will be ready to download from the Firefox Marketplace when the first devices carrying Firefox OS are shipped.

Mozilla's first Firefox OS powered smartphones, including the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Fire, were unveiled at the MWC conference on Sunday. Twitter has ensured that it's onboard, so those swayed by phones carrying Mozilla's Firefox OS can tweet right away.

"Similar to our other mobile apps, Twitter for Firefox OS has a rich interface, featuring the Home, Connect, Discover and Me tabs, as well as the search and compose Tweet icons, so you can easily find and send Tweets from anywhere in the app," Twitter staff engineer Manuel Deschamps wrote in a company blog post.

Deschamps added that Twitter has also implemented support for a feature unique to Firefox OS called Web Activities, which allows users to tweet photos directly out of any app that also supports web activities, such as the built-in photos app.

We've been teased by sneak previews of Mozilla's Firefox OS for almost a year now, which aims to deliver HTML5 applications to low-cost smartphones. It was shown off at MWC in Barcelona on Sunday on ATE and Alcatel devices. Mozilla said that LG and Huawei have also signed up to build Firefox OS smartphones, although we have yet to glimpse a handset from either company. µ


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