Firefox OS for developers - Mobile World Congress - 2014-02-26

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Published on March 5, 2014

Author: fredericharper



A presentation Christian Heilmann, Dave Camp, and me did at Mobile World Congress 2014. The goal was to tell developers about the Firefox OS story, how they can publish applications, and how we can support them.


Firefox OS for developers

Making HTML5 work

Firefox OS is HTML5 (and not just a bad host for an HTML5 event)

Firefox OS keeps HTML5 promises (Works offline, store-independent distribution, simple update mechanisms)

Firefox OS empowers HTML5 (Web APIs, Web Activities, shared research findings into low-end device performance)

Firefox OS is 100% open (Open Source, all tech are standard proposals)

Firefox OS is a shared effort (All partners of Mozilla have engineers on the project)

The step from site to app is simple (define a manifest)

{ "name": "MozMonument", "description": "A simple search application to find your name on the Monument outside the Mozilla San Francisco office", "launch_path": "/mobilefinder.html", "icons": { "128": "/128.png", "90": "/90.png", "60": "/60.png" }, "developer": { "name": "Christian Heilmann", "url": "" }, "locales": { "en": { "name": "MozMonument" } }, "default_locale": "en", "fullscreen": "true" }

Application levels / security model Web Content Privileged Web App Regular web content More access, more responsibility Installed Web App Certified Web App A regular web app Device-critical applications

You already use the developer tool (the browser is input and output)

Firefox Developer Tools

Build with Firefox

Tools for the Web

Instant Feedback

Full device and tools integration

Helping developers hands-on

Technical Evangelists team We are here to help you

StackOverflow We are actively answering questions

PhoneGap Porting PhoneGap apps to Firefox OS

Cordova implementation APIs • Camera • Contacts • Device • Device-motion • Geolocation • Orientation • Vibration

Get ready! $ sudo npm install -g cordova $ cordova create hello com.example.hello HelloWorld $ cd hello $ cordova platform add firefoxos $ cordova prepare firefoxos

Camera API $ cordova plugin add ! //Cordova code (src) { var img = document.createElement('img'); = 'slide'; img.src = src; }, function () {}, { destinationType: 1 });

Mozilla Brick

Brick <x-flipbox> <div>I'm the front face.</div> <div>And I'm the back face.</div> </x-flipbox> ! //JavaScript toggleButton.addEventListener("click", function() { flipBox.toggle(); });

Apps Partner Engineering team Helping brands port to Firefox OS

Phones for Apps Getting phones into the porters’ hands

Building an app? Please let me know!



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