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Mozilla previews Firefox OS simulator 3.0

Adds screen rotation and push feed support
Thu Mar 14 2013, 14:20
MWC  Firefox OS on ZTE Open marketplace

MOZILLA has previewed the third version of its Firefox OS simulator bringing support for basic geolocation, screen rotation and push feed functions.

Mozilla's Firefox OS is being adopted by some telecoms operators for budget smartphones, with applications being written in HTML5 and Javascript. Even though Mozilla has yet to release the operating system it has been trying to get developers to start working on applications and has previewed the third major release of its Firefox OS simulator.

Like most of Mozilla's products, the Firefox OS simulator seems to be on a rapid release schedule with the organisation releasing the first version three months ago and the second just two months later.

According to Mozilla the third version of the simulator will have push to device, screen rotation and basic geolocation API simulation.

Mozilla said its decision to release its Firefox OS simulator 3.0 preview was because it wants to be open and give developers the opportunity to provide feedback. The firm said, "We're Mozilla. We do things in the open, and we share our progress. Because we want you to know what's going on and to be able to come along with us in the process.

"It gives you an unique opportunity to test it out, give feedback, contribute and much more before it's released."

Mozilla's Firefox OS 3.0 simulator preview is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The firm is expected to release the operating system in the first half of 2013 with devices arriving shortly thereafter. µ


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