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Mozilla attracts 2,500 developers to Firefox OS

Its recent "App Days" events seem to have been successful in generating interest

By MARK JONES

Published: 11 February, 2013

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Earlier this month, the last in a series of "App Days" events sponsored by Mozilla took place, and the success in attracting developers to the Firefox OS platform has been revealed. According to the web browser/mobile OS maker, the company has worked with 2,500 developers at the events to ensure Firefox OS gets off to a good start with its applications.

There were 25 events in total taking place in a variety of locations across the world, beginning on January 19 in Mountain View, California and ending on February 2 in Berlin, Germany. The 2,500 developers who attended created hundreds of apps with many of them having already been submitted to Mozilla's marketplace.


On its official blog the company highlights some of the apps which were the result of the events including Bessa, a photo editor; Web Sliding Puzzles, a sliding puzzle game; Ash's Rising, a strategy game; Travel Saver, a Polish travel app; and FoxKehCalc, a calculator inspired by foxes.

It might not be the most exciting collection of apps ever assembled but they were produced in a limited amount of time. One-off events and coding sessions such as the App Days has become an increasingly popular method attracting developers to emerging mobile platforms lately and has proved successful for both BlackBerry and the OUYA console.

Last month saw Mozilla announce the first two handsets natively running the OS which are due to be released to developers sometime this month. They're both modestly spec'd devices, in-keeping with Mozilla's aim of bringing more affordable handsets to emerging markets.

Although Firefox faces a struggle to beat the four major operating systems which lay ahead of it, not to mention the other new ones which are due to be released this year, it does have a few things going in its favour. It uses common standards such as HTML5, CSS and Javascript for its app development making it easy for new smartphone developers to create apps, who might not have done so before.

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