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“There is an app for that”. Of course there is an app for that: It’s web technology after all.

That is the philosophy behind Mozilla’s mobile operating system Firefox OS that, instead of native code, uses HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for its apps.

Sounds cool? It is! Firefox OS has recently launched in India, making a huge impact with the super affordable Intex Cloud FX device, retailing for only $33 USD. Approximately 50,000 devices have been sold already, and it is expected to reach 500,000 by the end of November for the Intex Cloud FX Device alone. Yes, Firefox OS is gaining traction slowly, but surely.

There are several reasons why you should care about Firefox OS though, even as an Android, iOS or Windows Phone user. Not because it is super fancy and on the bleeding edge, but because it relies on 100% open technologies, is secure and also respects your privacy. As a non-profit organization, Mozilla has a completely different stance on privacy to Google, Apple or Microsoft.

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However, if you have already built up a productivity system on your current mobile operating system, you probably wouldn’t want to change that too much. In the following list is a collection of vital apps for Firefox OS that replace apps you are probably already using in one form or another on your existing smartphone. The great news? If you have Firefox for Android installed, you can use these Firefox OS apps directly on your Android How To Run Firefox OS Apps In Your Android Browser How To Run Firefox OS Apps In Your Android Browser You can now install Firefox OS apps on Android. Firefox for Android supports Mozilla's "Open Web Apps," allowing you to install and run Firefox OS apps directly on an Android device. Read More device to get a better feel of what you can expect in Firefox OS.

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Telegram

Telegram combines the fast and useful features found in WhatsApp with encryption and high privacy measurements, thanks to a custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for multiple data centers. You can send messages, photos, and other files to fellow Telegram users in your contacts.

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As Telegram is cloud based, you can access your account from any device, including desktop. If you want a good alternative to Whatsapp that is secure, Telegram is the way to go. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud based and heavily encrypted, making it one of the most secure messengers nowadays 6 Secure iOS Messaging Apps That Take Privacy Very Seriously 6 Secure iOS Messaging Apps That Take Privacy Very Seriously Don't fancy your messages being read by unwanted parties? Get a secure messaging app and worry no more. Read More . The creators say that Telegram will always stay free, as it is run by a non-profit organization.

YouTube

You are able to enjoy YouTube videos easily on Firefox OS. The YouTube app is pretty solid and works surprisingly well. If you previously had it on your Android or iOS device, you will probably want to have it on on your Firefox OS device too.

OpenWapp

Understandingly, sometimes one must actually use a WhatsApp account. If that’s the case for you, OpenWapp is the way to go. It lets you connect your WhatsApp account to chat with your contacts, whether they use the official WhatsApp application or not.
As there is no official WhatsApp for Firefox OS yet, OpenWapp makes it easy to connect with your WhatsApp friends. It’s also an open source project, which allows you to view and change the code.

F&C

F&C gives an easy overview of current weather conditions as well as conditions for the next three days. You can set the location via geolocation or manually using the search option. The temperature is available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, and it can be easily changed by tapping on the unit symbol.

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Colors change dynamically to express current weather and atmosphere, and they work really well with the minimalistic interface.

8tracks

8tracks.com is an Internet radio and social networking website revolving around the concept of streaming user-curated playlists consisting of at least 8 tracks.

You can pick fresh playlists from a selection of more than 750,000, each curated by someone who knows & loves music. If you struggle to find good music to fit your current mood, have a spin at 8tracks.

Kayak

Kayak is one of the best travel search engines. You can book a Hotel, flight, and search for available cars. It also lets you track your flights and manage your itineraries.

I have found the Kayak app to be one of the most responsive Firefox OS apps out there, very fluid and smooth. If you travel a lot, this is a must-have app for you.

Aviary

Aviary is a fun little photo editing tool, which allows you to edit and stylize your photos with filters, change and fix colors, crop, rotate and straighten images, and even allows you create your own memes.

It also lets you draw on top of other images if you feel a little more creative. Perfect for casual photo lovers.

Facebook

The Facebook app is nothing but a shortcut to the mobile version of Facebook, however it does the job. It’s very useful to have Facebook as a Firefox OS app to keep it as accessible as other apps.

Firetext

Firetext is a word processor for Firefox OS that gives users professional productivity power in their pockets. Firetext can be used to take notes and edit plain-text files on the go. It is also open source, which means you can fork it to your liking if you feel a little geeky.

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Note: This app requires an SD card together with permission access. USB Mass Storage preference must also be turned off, or there will be an error. It is unfortunately incompatible with Firefox OS 1.0, but chances are you probably have a newer version, so no need to worry.

XE Currency

With the XE Currency app you can convert every world currency you need. The app offers live proprietary currency rates and charts, and even stores the last updated rates, making it work offline.

It has some neat features too: for example. you can shake the device to reset the conversion rate.

Twitter

The Twitter app is essentially just the mobile web version of Twitter. It’s not as fully featured as the Android version and doesn’t support push notifications yet, but the main features are already there.

LastPass

LastPass is a great password manager and vault which is available for almost all platforms. However, due to the limitations of Firefox OS (prior to 2.0) the app is currently unable to fill forms automatically for you. This should hopefully change with the release of Firefox OS 2.0. If you already are a LastPass user, give this app a try. It might be still limited, but this will most likely change soon.

Notes

As the name says, Notes is a notes app. However it’s an official Firefox OS app, and while simple, it offers a variety of neat features such as adding images, organizing your notes into notebooks and even connecting your Evernote account.

If you are an author who scribbles notes here and there, you will be satisfied with the functionality of Notes, while also being productive with your projects How & Why I Use 5 Digital Notebooks to Stay Productive How & Why I Use 5 Digital Notebooks to Stay Productive I use five different notebooks. Why? Because each has a distinct purpose or feature that helps me stay productive. Read More .

Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a version for Firefox OS, which has an intuitive interface, all required language options, and some other features, like remembering the last article you read.

It features basic Wikipedia Zero detection to let you know if your ISP has zero-rated the data access usage for Wikipedia. This is a must-have app.

Pinterest

Unlike Twitter or Facebook for Firefox OS, the Pinterest app is optimized for Firefox OS and has additional features implemented, such as sharing pins via the Firefox share button. Very useful if you use Pinterest from time to time.

Which Firefox OS Apps Do You Need?

Are there any other apps that you use daily on your Firefox OS device? Or are there any significant apps you wish to be available for Firefox OS?

  1. Paulo Memoracion
    August 18, 2015 at 7:17 am

    i need facebook messenger for firefox

  2. Helge
    May 23, 2015 at 6:39 am

    A really great app for listening to podcasts is Foxcast. Way better than the podcast app that comes with firefox OS.

  3. Ronodip Basak
    May 13, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    i want to see the download process in the drop down(or in browser or something) so that i can controll the download(or pause download if possible)...........please help!

  4. Daniela
    April 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    For me the best app is Hubii, there I can see all the news around the world in seconds https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/hubii

  5. Anonymous
    February 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Hi there. I recently bought a firefox os phone and i am really satisfied. The value for money proposition is unbeatable. I do hope that more mainstream games will be available soon. Merci beaucoup mozzila. You've done a great job. Please go on!

  6. Mithicher
    November 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Can anyone suggest an ebook reader for Firefox OS Phones that works...

  7. sharbaz
    October 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    when i get Skype. viber and talking tom cat on firefox os phone ??

  8. sharbaz
    October 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    i need Skype and viber and Talking tom cat !!
    Can anyone tell me when this 3 apps input firefox marketplace ??

    though i bought Gofox f15 phone but i can't satisfied !!! if i will get this 3 apps , then i satisfied !!

    Thanks

  9. gopal
    October 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I have purchased Intex cloud.. I tried to configure account connectA2.. it ask for user name, phone and country. Then it ask for code but that "SMS" is not received :-(

    Please help

  10. Sankas
    September 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

    can't we install mail server?

  11. KustenWatche
    September 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Can you port your Firefox or a variant to the mobile device?

    • Elio Q
      September 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

      What do you mean? Porting Firefox OS to some handheld device originally with Android? Yeah its possible for a lot of devices. Google should help out there :)

  12. Anyt
    September 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Please also note that there's ConnectA2: https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/connecta2

  13. Rofus D
    September 13, 2014 at 12:35 am

    You can also check this Firefox OS note taking app, Lista.

  14. Besian C
    September 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Glad to read an article by an Albanian Tech Reviewer ^_^
    And btw, nice article :D

    • Elio Q
      September 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Rrofsh e qofsh :D

  15. Besian C
    September 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Glad to read from an Albanian Tech Reviewer ^_^
    btw, nice article :)

  16. Rafael Martinez
    September 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Definitely try out the only and awesome twitter client called Macaw

  17. likefunbutnot
    September 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I use Firefox for Android for nearly all of my mobile browsing, but I'm not seeing any must-have functions on that list. Notes is probably the most interesting.

  18. Abhishek R
    September 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Welcome to makeuseof.com,
    Thanks for this post as i am going to buy firefox phone.

    • Elio Q
      September 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Great, hope you will enjoy it!

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