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Videos: getting started with your Flame device

Flame reference deviceThe Flame Developer reference phone is currently on its way to several developers who either are Mozillians, bought them or have created apps for it.

Today we’re going to show you in four short videos what the Flame device is, how to set up your Flame device as a developer phone once you have it, how to flash a new Firefox OS image onto the device and how to throttle the RAM to simulate slower devices.

For all of this you need a few things:

  • A USB cable to connect the Flame device
  • You need ADB and Fastboot installed. You can get this by installing the full Android developer suite or using these small and simple installer for Windows or Linux and OSX

Say “hello” to the Flame device

In this video we quickly introduce you to the Flame Developer reference phone, explaining its features and specifications.

Setting up your Flame device

In this video you will learn how to set up your Flame device as a developer device. This includes enabling the developer menu and getting detailed information about the running apps using the Developer HUD. This tool tells you not only the detailed memory consumption of your apps, but also the frames per second they run on and where you memory went. All of which directly on the device itself.

Changing the RAM of your Flame device

Out of the box the Flame device comes with 1GB of RAM which is a good number for a daily use phone, but much more than a lot of the commercially available Firefox OS devices have. That’s why we made it easy for developers to simulate less powerful devices by throttling the RAM using ADB and Fastboot.

Flashing a new Firefox OS image to your Flame device

In most cases, the over the air OS upgrades of Firefox OS should be enough for developers to stay up to date. If you want to live closer to the edge though, you can easily flash images provided by Mozilla to your device. All it needs is rebooting your device from the command line and running a shell script.

That’s it for now – stay up-to-date on the Wiki

We hope these videos have shown you how much insight into your apps and Firefox OS you get on a Flame device. All the information is also available on the Flame Device wiki page and will get updates as new information is available.

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Build Your Next App With a Flame

Earlier this week, we introduced Flame, the Firefox OS reference device for developers, testers and reviewers from T2Mobile, and announced the opening of the everbuying.com pre-order page. The Flame retails at $170 (USD), global shipping included.

Wanted: Engaging apps for Firefox OS

Flame2If you are an experienced HTML5 app developer with a published, well-rated app that you’d like to port to Firefox OS, we’d love to hear from you! It’s always exciting to discover topnotch apps (such as PhoneGap app Find the Movie, pictured to the right running on a Flame) and see them ported from native platforms to Firefox OS. We currently have a small inventory of Flame phones for qualified HTML5 app developers with published, well-rated apps.

How to qualify

Through our ongoing Phones for Apps program, there’s an opportunity now for a limited number of invited app developers to receive Flame devices in exchange for a commitment to port their qualifying HTML5 apps within a month of receiving the device. Please apply here.

There are only three ways to qualify:

  1. You’ve built a successful, well-rated HTML5 app on another platform (such as Amazon Web Apps, Blackberry WebWorks, Chrome Web Store, WebOS, Windows Phone or the PhoneGap store) and are ready to port it now to Firefox OS.
  2. You’ve built a successful, well-rated native app for iOS or Android using a cross-platform wrapper like Cordova or PhoneGap and are ready to port it to Firefox OS. Be sure to indicate the cross-platform tool you used.
  3. You’ve already published a well-rated app in Firefox Marketplace, and you have a second app in progress or already built, and are ready to port it now to Firefox OS.

Resources

  • Learn more about the Flame (Mozilla Developer Network)
  • Get started with Open Web Apps (Mozilla Developer Network)
  • Mark your calendars for Marketplace Day, June 26 – it’s all about Apps and how you can contribute – as app developers, testers, reviewers and localizers. Hope you can join us!

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Pre-orders start today for Flame, the Firefox OS developer phone

The Firefox OS Flame reference device that we announced at end of February is now available for pre-order at everbuying.com for $170 including free shipping.

Pre-order now.

To standardize the design, development, and testing of Firefox OS, Mozilla has partnered with a company called T2Mobile to manufacture, distribute, and update a Firefox OS reference phone called the Flame. Until now, there has been no “reference device” and the options for getting something through retail were limited.

Mid-tier phone hardware

The Flame is representative of the mid-tier phone hardware Mozilla and its partners are targeting over the coming year. It was designed for our developer and contributor community, so we worked with the manufacturer, T2Mobile to keep the price as low as possible. We’re excited that we are able to bring a high quality reference device to our developer community at an affordable price.

The Flame will also be a great development and testing environment for third party app developers targeting Firefox OS and HTML5. The phone offers a software configurable RAM option that can be made to emulate many different devices that will be commercially available later this year.

Our partner, T2Mobile will provide the Flame with updates to each new major version of Firefox OS and a simple mechanism for switching between different release channels; offering Nightly builds that will keep you at the forefront of Firefox OS development.

If you’ve held off on getting a Firefox OS phone because they weren’t available in your region or the phones in market didn’t meet your development and testing needs, don’t miss out on the opportunity to pre-order one of these Flame reference phones today.

Specifications & unlocked!

The Flame is unlocked from any network and comes with the bootloader unlocked.

  • Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon, 1.2GHZ Dual core processor
  • 4.5” screen (FWVGA 854×480 pixels)
  • Cameras: Rear: 5MP with auto-focus and flash / Front: 2MP
  • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • 8GB memory
  • 256MB – 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer)
  • A-GPS, NFC
  • Dual SIM Support
  • Battery capacity: 1,800 mAh
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB, MicroSD

NOTE: Once pre-ordered, the Flame will take approximately four weeks before it ships. The Flame ships free to anywhere in the world except for Japan. If you want to pre-order a Flame device certified for use in Japan, please visit here for more information.

For more information:
Mozilla Developer Network guide to the Flame reference phone

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