Landscape and
Development Introduction
GDG Dublin 2013 - Gianfranco P.
@gianpaj - Nov 2nd 2013
What is this talk about?
● What’s Firefox OS
● Why should I care
● How do I try building an app
● Resources
Firefox OS, a Browser or a Phone?
Neither, it’s an open-source mobile OS
based on Linux and powered by
Mozilla’s Gecko*
*L...
Why?
● Supply something better to next 2 billion
coming online
● Replacing feature phones
● Smaller stack for developers
Cool, so how does it look?

1.3 Lock Screen

1.1 Home Screen

1.2 App Grid
tm

Marketplace (aka App Store )

marketplace.mozilla.com
Ok but, can I make a living?
● TL;DR -> soon
● Developers receive 70% of the pre-VAT and
fee amount
○ eg. from a 0.89€ app...
Where can I sell today?
●
●
●
●
●

Brazil
Colombia
Poland
Spain
Venezuela
How did it get here?
● First demoded in Feb 2012 at the Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona
● April 2013 GeeksPhone Keon (d...
Why now?
● Emerging economies.
● Lower entry to Dev
● Telefónica is doing a big push (Spanish broadband and
telecommunicat...
Core
Technologies
Where are we now?
● 1.1.0 released
● 1.2.0 feature complete in Sept - fixing bugs
○ Code freeze Dec 9th

● 1.3.0 feature c...
Ok but what the real deal?
● 1.1
○ Push notifications! (iOS and Android since 2009)
○ MMS support (iOS and Android since 2...
Ok but what the real deal?
● 1.3
○ POP3 support
○ Access to music controls in notifications tray and
when screen is locked...
Works with Android!
But WebAPI is not ready? False!

arewemobileyet.com
Skills required?

read the docs :)
Can you write Web apps? Then you’re sorted.
github.com/robnyman/Firefox-OS-Boilerplate-App
small plug

soundtravel.co
Summary
● Firefox OS, if successful, will change the way we use
the Web.
● We are used to visit websites but Firefox OS wi...
Resources
● Dev
○
○
○
○

github.com/robnyman/Firefox-OS-Boilerplate-App
groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mozilla.dev.webapp...
Thanks
Link to slides: goo.gl/y3aVsD

@gianpaj
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  1. 1. Landscape and Development Introduction GDG Dublin 2013 - Gianfranco P. @gianpaj - Nov 2nd 2013
  2. 2. What is this talk about? ● What’s Firefox OS ● Why should I care ● How do I try building an app ● Resources
  3. 3. Firefox OS, a Browser or a Phone? Neither, it’s an open-source mobile OS based on Linux and powered by Mozilla’s Gecko* *Layout engine used by Firefox browser, Thunderbird, etc
  4. 4. Why? ● Supply something better to next 2 billion coming online ● Replacing feature phones ● Smaller stack for developers
  5. 5. Cool, so how does it look? 1.3 Lock Screen 1.1 Home Screen 1.2 App Grid
  6. 6. tm Marketplace (aka App Store ) marketplace.mozilla.com
  7. 7. Ok but, can I make a living? ● TL;DR -> soon ● Developers receive 70% of the pre-VAT and fee amount ○ eg. from a 0.89€ app (pre VAT 0.74€) you get 0.59€ ● Paid apps, freemium apps, and in-app payments ● No signup developers fee ● Ability to charge the user directly to their mobile phone account
  8. 8. Where can I sell today? ● ● ● ● ● Brazil Colombia Poland Spain Venezuela
  9. 9. How did it get here? ● First demoded in Feb 2012 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona ● April 2013 GeeksPhone Keon (dev preview) ● July 2013 First commercial based phone ZTE Open ● Nov 2013 GeeksPhone Peak+
  10. 10. Why now? ● Emerging economies. ● Lower entry to Dev ● Telefónica is doing a big push (Spanish broadband and telecommunications provider in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia) ● More phones are being launched ○ LG ○ ZTE ○ Geekphone
  11. 11. Core Technologies
  12. 12. Where are we now? ● 1.1.0 released ● 1.2.0 feature complete in Sept - fixing bugs ○ Code freeze Dec 9th ● 1.3.0 feature complete in Dec 9th ○ Code freeze March 3rd The current plan is to continue with FxOS releases every 12 weeks
  13. 13. Ok but what the real deal? ● 1.1 ○ Push notifications! (iOS and Android since 2009) ○ MMS support (iOS and Android since 2009) ● 1.2 ○ ○ ○ ○ Bluetooth contacts sharing Email notifications Email support for audio & video attachments Music player status on homescreen
  14. 14. Ok but what the real deal? ● 1.3 ○ POP3 support ○ Access to music controls in notifications tray and when screen is locked ○ Add flash capability to camera ○ Add WebRTC support to B2G ○ NFC Pairing, Payments and API ○ Reading from NFC tags
  15. 15. Works with Android!
  16. 16. But WebAPI is not ready? False! arewemobileyet.com
  17. 17. Skills required? read the docs :) Can you write Web apps? Then you’re sorted.
  18. 18. github.com/robnyman/Firefox-OS-Boilerplate-App
  19. 19. small plug soundtravel.co
  20. 20. Summary ● Firefox OS, if successful, will change the way we use the Web. ● We are used to visit websites but Firefox OS will bring an era where we will be using Web apps more than Websites. Ubuntu for Phones will also support Firefox OS to help bring in this change.
  21. 21. Resources ● Dev ○ ○ ○ ○ github.com/robnyman/Firefox-OS-Boilerplate-App groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mozilla.dev.webapps leanpub.com/quickguidefirefoxosdevelopment shafiul.github.io/slides/kickstart_fxos.html ● General Info ○ ○ ○ hacks.mozilla.org/category/firefox-os reddit.com/r/FireFoxOS/ people.mozilla.org/~bking/presentations/oylg2013/firefoxos.html
  22. 22. Thanks Link to slides: goo.gl/y3aVsD @gianpaj

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