It’s been a while since we’ve heard news about Firefox OS, but Mozilla is still plugging away on the software, and it recently released Firefox OS 2.5 around the globe. And now you can give Firefox OS 2.5 a try on your Android device without any flashing or anything like that.
Mozilla has released the Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview as an APK file, which means you can sideload it onto your Android device just like any other app. When you launch it, Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview will replace your existing home screen with the Gaia (UI) layer of Firefox OS, making it act kind of like a third-party launcher. This will let you try Firefox OS and some of its included apps, like the calendar and browser, all with your Android apps still available.
Because you’re running Firefox OS on top of Android, Mozilla cautions that you may run into some bugs or conflicting UI elements. For example, Android has a back button for navigating through the OS, but Firefox doesn’t
If you end up liking what you see with Firefox OS, Mozilla offers a method to fully flash Firefox OS onto several Android devices. Those include the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, Moto G, and Xperia Z2 and Z3.
Firefox OS is available on a number of devices, but those phones aren’t available for purchase everywhere in the world. Android is available in most places, and so this Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview is a nice way for folks that can’t buy a Firefox OS device to try the software out. If you’ve been wondering what Mozilla’s mobile OS is all about, grab an Android device and hit up the link below to try Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview.