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Mozilla releases Firefox OS 3.0 simulator, claiming performance improvements

Adds more developer tools ahead of launch
Fri May 03 2013, 12:40

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released a Firefox operating system (OS) 3.0 simulator, touting performance improvements.

Mozilla has been busy promoting its upcoming Firefox OS, which has garnered support from some large mobile operators. The software outfit best known for its Firefox web browser is ramping up work on tools for developers, and released a Firefox OS 3.0 simulator with a number of performance improvements.

Mozilla showed off a preview of its Firefox OS 3.0 simulator in March touting new features such as push to device, rotation simulation and a basic geolocation application programming interface. Since the preview, Mozilla said it has improved performance, including a faster startup, reduced download and installation size of the simulator and keyboard shortcuts that it claimed result in "drastically improving workflow speed".

Mozilla's Firefox OS is intended to run on low-end smartphones and is getting the support of mobile operators due to their ability to work with Mozilla in putting the operating system onto their phones. With Apple's iOS and Google's Android, mobile operators have been left largely out of the loop when it comes to customising those operating systems with services that generate cash for them, rather than Apple or Google.

A working version of Mozilla's Firefox OS was on show at the Game Developers Conference, highlighting how much work Mozilla had already done.

Mozilla said the first consumer handsets should appear later this year, however Geeksphone's developer handset sold out in a matter of hours, suggesting that there is strong demand for handsets running Firefox OS. µ


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