updated 09:17 pm EDT, Thu July 19, 2012
Pics hint at major game, app compatibility
More images of Mozilla's forthcoming Firefox OS appear to have emerged, showing off more of the operating system's capabilities. TechWeekEurope UK got ahold the new images, which show what looks to be a relatively mature OS that has all or most of the features that have become standard in the smartphone sector. The screens also appear to show a number of popular games being compatible with Firefox OS, which could prove a strong selling point when the platform enters the crowded smartphone market early next year.
If the screens are accurate, Firefox OS will feature all of the standard smartphone trappings: call support, texts, calendar, contacts, camera, and so forth. One screen shows a standard lock screen, and another a four-digit passcode screen. App notifications will apparently be visible from the lock screen, though it is unclear whether users will be able to interact with lock screen notifications in a manner similar to that seen on newer versions of Google's Android platform.
The OS also appears to feature both an emergency call mode and an emergency contact mode. In the event a Firefox OS phone's owner is incapacitated, the lock screen shows the option to reach the owner's emergency contact, as well as local police and firefighters.
Apps are presented as circular icons laid out in a grid. The new screens appear to show icons for popular apps such as Angry Birds, Evernote, Dropbox, and Cut the Rope, though the veracity of these icons has yet to be seen. Notably, the notification information for apps on one lock screen appears to be mixed up, with the Evernote icon next to Angry Birds' title and vice versa. This may signal that the screens are mock-ups, but it may also mean that they came from the Firefox OS Nightly Build, which is still very much in the developer testing stage.
Earlier this month, Mozilla formally unveiled its HTML5-based operating system. Firefox OS is targeted at developing the HTML5 standard by providing an OS for low-cost smartphones. The OS is said to run faster than Google's Android on the same hardware. Spain's Telefónica is among the initial partners named as supporters of the platform, and the carrier is expected to roll out Firefox OS phones early next year.