Firefox Released An App That Lets You Try Firefox OS Without Flashing Anything

By 11:35 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 Comments

In the middle of the battle of the mobile operating systems, Mozilla is still trying to become relevant. Firefox has released a recent developer preview of its Operating System (OS) in APK form. Simply install it as a launcher on an Android phone and you can poke around Firefox’s UI.

You'll need to sideload the APK file found on Mozilla’s website. This is a remarkable way to acquire more developers attention since it makes it easier for them to try the Operating System (OS) and consider developing apps for it. The Firefox site says: “If you can build for the Web using HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and CSS, you can build Firefox OS.”

This is much better than say, flashing an image on an Android phone, becautilize it takes much less time and effort for developers to try the Operating System (OS) and then acquire their phones back to its usual state.

While this is a fine idea, I was not able to utilize the dialer in the developer preview. It was very buggy and restarted my Nexus 6P a couple of times. But this developer preview is not in any way ready to replace your standard launcher, so install with caution.

It does, however, show that Mozilla is really invested into making Firefox Operating System (OS) relevant in today’s wild mobile industry.

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