Related to the effects to ensure there will be good Firefox OS apps in the Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is offering developer phones to programmers who have compelling ideas for software.Firefox OS runs browser-based apps, which means in practice that it loads Web sites optimized for mobile devices. That gives Mozilla's operating system a running start, since sites such as Flickr or Facebook already work at least to some extent.But apparently Mozilla wants to make sure there are apps that work well -- a challenge given the limited hardware abilities of first-generation Firefox OS phones foused on cost-sensitive developing markets. And many Web programmers aren't up to speed on mobile browser abilities such as detecting touch-screen input or phone orientation.
The open-source browser maker is trying to coax programmers into writing software for the Firefox Marketplace by offering them free phones.
mozilla showed off the first Firefox OS phones for developers at Mobile World Congress in February, and partner Geeksphone has begun shipping them. Other Firefox OS phone manufacturers include Alcatel, ZTE, LG, and Sony, though it's not clear whose will be ready when the phones go on sale in the coming weeks.