OpenWapp, another alternative to WhatsApp for Firefox OS

OpenWapp has come to the Marketplace to offer you another alternative to WhatsApp in your Firefox OS, it is an open source project where anyone can contribute in relation to its development.

The features of OpenWapp for Firefox OS are the following:

No hidden costs:  Once your friends and you download the application, you can use it to chat as much as you want.
Multimedia:  Send video, images, music and your location to your contacts.
Group Chat: Chat with your contacts in group conversations. Add or remove participants to the group, change the subject or add an image.
Staff: Put a profile picture that will be shown to all your contacts.

According to its developer, the most recent version has been tested on devices with Firefox OS 1.1 and Firefox OS 1.3, so that development teams could find some errors.

OpenWapp joins the list of existing WhatsApp alternatives for Firefox OS, including Connecta2 or Loqui IM .

 


Mozilla Location Service, a growing geolocation service

At the end of last year, Mozilla announced its location service as a pilot project to provide geolocation searches based on information from WiFi hotspots and communication tower cells.

These searches can be used for example where the  GPS is not available or is not accurate enough. The map shows 27 million measurement points through 10 x 10-meter reticular cells and Mozilla is working hard with the Mapbox team as far as the project is concerned.

For the growth of the maps and the locations, we have the option of downloading  Mozstumbler for Android, an application that we will have to execute for those places we go, scanning the WiFi networks and the cells of the communication towers, all this to build the map, which is focused on a totally free database (in comparison with the Google and Apple maps, which are proprietary).

The Mozstumbler application can be found in F-Droid  or GitHub .


Do you want Instagram for Firefox OS? Come and put your signature

I recommend you read this, especially if you want  Instagram for Firefox OS, well, who would not want to enjoy one of the most growing social networks in recent times ?, in this post we will simply try to show Facebook (yes, the owners and masters of Instagram ) that we are many we want to be able to use their application on our devices with Mozilla’s mobile operating system.

Why Instagram for Firefox OS?

Instagram is a social network of photography that was initially exclusive to Apple, after a while it appeared on Google Play and a little later in the Windows Phone appstore. Later it was absorbed and/or bought by Facebook and so far it can be said that they have done an excellent job with it, filling it with excellent features such as uploading and viewing videos, InstaDirect (Private Messages) and changing its interface completely, with a new version developed in HTML5 that by the way I love it.

We know that it is not easy, but we also know that nothing is impossible, so the best thing is that we are the first to ask for it, let’s launch a message and see how this results. (Possibly in the future we will also do it with WhatsApp ).

If this post gets more than 100 likes, more than 100 +1 on Google+, more than 100 Retweets and more than 100 comments  in which they will have to explain why they want Instagram for Firefox OS (sign with the best comment you can), then we will begin to mention it in the official social networks of Facebook and Instagram, will it be worth it ?, you decide with your support :).

In summary, this is what we will do:

Step 1: Give importance to the post with the interactions in social networks.

Step 2: If the post shows that there are a lot of people interested (evaluating the results in step 1), we will proceed to send the request to Facebook and Instagram via social networks.

Step 3: To wait for the results.

You know, if you want to order Instagram for Firefox OS, this is where we will open the first door to make your request.


Pinterest is now available for Firefox OS

For no one is it a secret that when an operating system begins its journey through the world it has to suffer some setbacks, such as the lack of applications, the lack of knowledge on the part of consumers of its existence, among other things.

Pinterest, another of the “super” social networks that comes to Firefox OS

The truth is that in the case of Firefox OS, we already have applications to manage very popular social networks such as Facebook and  Twitter , but today researching the Marketplace we have realized that another of the most talked about is already available, we are talking about Pinterest, the famous social network where we create albums, share and publish photographs, “pineamos” and enjoy all its other features.

Pinterest comes to Firefox OS as another of the social networks that cannot miss anyone, and is that we particularly like one of those that we like, because we can recreate images of everything we are a fan of in just a couple clicks, create my albums and enjoy the albums of others, plus we love its interface and originality compared to other social networks.

Each of you can give the appropriate use according to your tastes, but for us in particular is one of those social networks that cannot be absent in any way or way, and proof of this is that our blog has a Pinterest account for a while now.

If you have any doubt about our love for Pinterest, all you have to do is download it in the Marketplace and follow us in our account ;).


These are the Firefox OS computers that will be launched in 2014

Today I want to write in a few letters and in summary form the teams that will have Firefox OS in this year 2014 , we know that the information is extensive, but precisely what we want is for all of us to know what is coming for us this year , and nothing better than writing it as a summary.

Firefox OS computers that will be launched in 2014

In collaboration with Spreadtrum will be released a team with Firefox OS whose name is unknown (Code is SC6821), will cost $ 25 ( Watch Video ). – Note: Spreadtrum could also be developing other computers with Firefox OS, which are the SC7710 and the SC7715.

ZTE Open C

ZTE Open II

Huawei Ascend Y300II

Alcatel One Touch Fire C

Alcatel One Touch Fire E

Alcatel One Touch Fire S

Alcatel Fire 7 (Tablet)

So far these are the teams that are known will be released so far this year, and although some were promised for the first quarter, nothing that looms, if we have missed some, do not stop to let us know through the comments;).


Firefox OS 1.4 and 1.5 simulators already available

It seems that some Chinese developers have already had the opportunity to try Firefox OS 2.0, an operating system that is not known much but today we bring some images where we can see details related to its new interface. Apparently, Mozilla has decided to adapt a little to its strongest competitors to make changes, so it is possible that we find similarities with both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS 7.

It is worth noting that, although the images look credible, the lack of information as to how they were obtained brings a certain degree of doubt as to their authenticity, so we should consider this with some skepticism. Currently, Firefox is in its version of OS 1.3 and most developers interested in the platform is already working with a preliminary version of version 1.4.

As its authors mention it:

In this way, you can easily test the application in each version (from 1.2 to 1.5) of the Firefox OS simulator, there are some key features that were missing in previous versions:

  • Start button.
  • Screen rotation
  • Possibility of connecting with DevTools.

This should help developers working on Firefox OS applications in a better and efficient way.


What audio and video formats can I see in my Firefox OS?

When we use our mobile device for something more than developing as it is in my case, we want more something that entertains us in our spare time or in traffic jams on the roads, etc. And since there are no alternatives in music and video players, it is not clear what audio video formats we can place on our SD cards.

Reading over there I got to the mozilla media development mailing list and clearly and understandably define the codecs and containers supported by our Firefox OS.

  • H.264 Codec in a container * .mp4.
  • AAC codec in a container * .mp4.
  • MP3 Codec.
  • Codec WAV.
  • Opus Codec in a container * .ogg.
  • Codec Vorbis in a container * .ogg or * .webm.
  • Theora Codec in a container * .ogg.
  • VP8 codec in a container * .webm.

If we are of those who always go further we can play with the options when converting our videos or audios with our audio and video converter, we already have wildcards with which we can play at our whim.

Happy Hacking!


[Video] Sony adds a widgets system for Firefox OS

Sony was one of the first manufacturers to offer support and support for the open source mobile platform Firefox OS since it was announced a year ago.

Already last year the same Vice President of Mozilla has admitted that Sony intends to launch a high-end terminal for the new OS, in addition, to have launched an experimental ROM with Firefox OS for the Xperia E.

Sony continues with the evaluation of Firefox OS and has presented on its official blog a new development alternative called “Gadget”, which is very similar to the usual widgets on Android and other platforms. The video released by the company shows the operation and integration of the same in Gaia, the user interface level operating system of Firefox.

The user can add a gadget to the main screen, which is accessed through a menu with a long press on the home screen and also use it to lock the screen, which provides direct access to the main application. You can interact with the application through the gadget, move it on the screen or change its size.

We already know that Firefox OS is an open source operating system and allows anyone who thinks they have a good idea to submit it for evaluation.

On the part of Mozilla, it is known that they are already evaluating this system created by Sony to add it to their next versions of the Firefox OS operating system.


Revealed specifications of all new Alcatel OneTouch Fire

A few minutes ago we wrote about the new devices that will be released with Firefox OS in 2014 and this time we want to bring you a scoop in relation to the specifications of the new equipment we will have available with the Alcatel series, OneTouch Fire.

All devices will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a power that will depend on the market segment in which they are launched.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C

First of all we started with the Alcatel OneTouch Fire C (which means conscious of the costs), which will have a 3.5 “HVGA screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and a VGA camera.

Alcatel One Touch Fire E

The Fire E (which means “elegant”) has a 4.5 “screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. It has 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and slot for microSD cards. The Fire C and the Fire E will have a price of 59 and 139 euros, respectively.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire S

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire S (which means “speed”) has a 4.5 “QHD screen (540X950), 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash.

This will be the first Firefox OS device with NFC , its price will be 169 Euros. The Alcatel OneTouch Fire 7 tablet will have a 7 “QHD screen, 1.2 GHz processor, VGA front camera and 5 MP rear cameras, plus 4 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion slot at a price of 79 Euros .


WhatsApp will not reach Firefox OS

Not everything is good news in recent days in relation to Mozilla and its mobile operating system, and this time we come to talk about WhatsApp, because at MWC 2014 it has been reported that the most popular instant messaging application in the world will not be available in the short or medium term for Firefox OS devices, instead, the bet will be LINE, which is already available to download in the Marketplace.

With the absence of WhatsApp for Firefox OS, LINE will be the best of Mozilla and Telefonica.

The reason why this application will not reach Firefox OS is due to a disagreement between WhatsApp and Mozilla, so for now we should stop dreaming about it and start using its alternatives ( Loqui IM and Connecta2 ).

This situation has caused that Mozilla and Telefonica bet with everything to LINE, one of the most popular applications of instantaneous mail, the strange thing of the case would be to see if BBM wants to bet to give a space to Firefox OS between its rows, although it can sound illogical after of having expressed that they will not support Windows Phone because it does not consider it a “popular” enough operating system.

Another alternative that is sounding more messaging is Telegram, but its developers have expressed that they do not intend to launch an official client for Firefox OS, but that their API is still open for developers to encourage them to create a third-party client.