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Firefox OS Simulator 4.0 released

It’s a good day for Firefox OS developers as we are releasing version 4.0 of the Firefox OS Simulator to the masses. In particular, this release is a boon for those developers that want to make money using their app in the Marketplace.

What’s New in 4.0

4.0 Updated Simulator Dashboard
An overview shot of the revised Dashboard

New Connect Button

There is a new ‘Connect’ button for each app that opens a developer toolbox connected to that specific app. This means that you won’t have to search through messages in the Console or filter through scripts in the Debugger in order to find information specific to your app.

Testing Receipts for Paid Apps

There is now a dropdown menu in each app’s dashboard where you can select a receipt type. The simulator add-on will then download a test receipt from a Marketplace receipt service and reinstall the app using it. This way you can test receipt verification with the various types of receipts that you may require – valid, invalid, and refunded.

4.0 Updated Simulator Dashboard Buttons
The new Connect button, Refresh Button, and Receipts drop-down

Remote CSS Styling

If you connect to an app while using a Nightly or Aurora build of Firefox, there is a Style Editor tool you can use to edit the style sheets for your app. Changes are applied instantaneously.

4.0 Updated Simulator Live Style Editing
Live editing the Firefox OS Boilerplate app to have a less than charming red background

Simulated Touch Events

Gaia’s touch events simulation has been integrated such that interacting with the Simulator using a mouse now generates real touch events. This fixes a myriad of issues in core Gaia apps that assume touch interactions. It also means you can test third party apps that rely on touch events without needing to fall back to mouse events.

Hidden Feature: Shift-Ctrl/Cmd-R

When using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-R (Cmd-R on Mac) to refresh an app, if you also hold down the Shift key, then the Simulator will clear persistent data such as AppCache, localStorage, sessionStorage, and IndexedDB while refreshing the app.

Check Out The Simulator Walkthrough

Still want to get into grittier details? Check out the simulator walkthrough to get a deep dive into the details of the Simulator, and the MDN documentation here.

Download and Install the Simulator

You can install or update the Simulator from the add-ons website.

Bugs? Feedback?

Leave general feedback in the comments below, we’re listening! If you encounter a bug we would be grateful if you could file it here.

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Firefox OS devices officially released!

Almost two years ago, we announced Boot to Gecko (B2G) here on Mozilla Hacks. We discussed the aims of the project and the work we were planning to do. Today, all that work has paid off and we now have official Firefox OS devices in store!

Last week the first Firefox OS phones went out in stores in Madrid, Spain, for sale by Telefónica. These phones are a great example of a low-cost telephone built on Open Web Technologies.

Firefox OS launch pics, Madrid, Spain

It means that if you haven’t gotten started at looking how to build your apps or your content with HTML5 and Responsive Design, now is the time, to have the chance to be among the early options in a brand new market.

Coming to more countries

Telefonica’s launch in Spain was our the first for Firefox OS, but Poland, Colombia and Venezuela also have upcoming launches soon. It doesn’t stop there, though, look out for more countries coming soon.

Open Web Apps

Firefox OS runs the web and has a web browser, but if you want to offer an app-like experience, get access to more hardware and APIs and more, building an Open Web App could be a perfect option for you.

Firefox OS launch pics, Madrid, Spain

Reuse your existing HTML5 skills and content and just package it up. We’ve outlined Open Web Apps and new possibilities in detail in previous articles:

The Firefox OS Simulator

Tool-wise, we believe the Firefox OS Simulator is a great option to quickly test your apps.

Version 4 is just about to be released – more details in the announcement this Thursday, July 11th – but the list of highlights include:

  • New Connect Button, to have a developer toolbox connected to your specific app(s)
  • Remote Style Editor, enable remote style editing
  • Hidden Feature: Shift + Ctrl/Cmd-R, refreshing the app and clearing persistent data (AppCache, localStorage, sessionStorage, and IndexedDB)
  • Updated Dashboard Design, reduced clutter and improved usability
  • Touch Events, integrating Gaia’s touch events simulation, so interacting with the Simulator using a mouse now generates real touch events

Introducing payments

As part of the Firefox OS offering, we have the Firefox Marketplace, where you can upload and share your apps. We are also happy to say that if you are interested in accepting payments for your app, this is the place!

They are described in the Payments page as part of the Developer Hub aimed at app developers, and we’ve also written about them here before in Building A Paid App For Firefox OS.

We have two kinds of payment options in the Firefox Marketplace:

  • Purchase an app
  • In-app payments

Firefox OS is here

All in all, Firefox OS is here available on released devices, and we hope the capabilities for you as an Open Web Developer to offer good content and experiences sound good. We are continuously working on making the options and possibilities as good as we can for you!

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Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 released

About 6 weeks ago, we wrote about the preview of Firefox OS Simulator 3.0 and now we’re happy to release it!

New features

In our preview coverage, we listed the new features for this version:

  • Push to Device
  • Rotation simulation
  • Basic geolocation API simulation
  • Manifest validation
  • Stability fixes for installation and updates to apps
  • Newer versions of the Firefox rendering engine and Gaia (the UI for Firefox OS)

Since then, apart from verifying and making the above functionality stable, other notable improvements are:

  • Keyboard shortcut to repackage/reinstall/restart the current app – drastically improving workflow speed, especially for packaged apps
  • Significantly reduced download/installation size of the Firefox OS Simulator
  • Faster start time (partly due to above with smaller size)
  • Much newer versions of Firefox OS and Gaia
  • General bug fixes, making it more functional and reliable
  • OS-standard ways in the menu to close the Simulator, with corresponding keyboard shortcuts (Alt + F4 on Windows, Cmd + Q on Mac, Ctrl + Q on Linux)

Firefox OS Simulator documentation

As part of this release, we’d also like to highlight our updated Firefox OS Simulator documentation on MDN and also our Firefox OS Simulator walkthrough example.

Download/install the Firefox OS Simulator

You can download version 3.0 of the Firefox OS Simulator from our add-ons web site.

Please let us know what you think in the comments! If you encounter any bugs or problems, please file a bug.

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PhoneGap 1.0 Released Today at First-Ever PhoneGap Day in Portland

Popular Open Source Mobile Development Framework Gets Upgrades Including More Access to Native Device APIs and Debugging ToolsPortland, OR (PRWEB) July 29, 2011 Nitobi Inc., the creators of the popular PhoneGap mobile app development framework, releases PhoneGap 1.0 today at the first-ever PhoneGap Day in Portland, Oregon.PhoneGap, an HTML5 platform, allows developers to use foundation web …

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