“There is an app for that”. Of course there is an app for that: It’s web technology after all.
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.
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 device to get a better feel of what you can expect in Firefox OS.
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.
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. The creators say that Telegram will always stay free, as it is run by a non-profit organization.
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.
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 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.
Colors change dynamically to express current weather and atmosphere, and they work really well with the minimalistic interface.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?