Gathering all the hype of being the first ever mobile operating system to make the full use of the HTML5 platform, the Mozilla Firefox OS is one of a kind mobile operating system which banks upon it’s flexibility and ability of trespass the rift between the power of the web and your mobile phone. Further, as more than 70% of apps in the Google Play Store are made upon the similar platform, Android applications and games can be easily ported to run on the newer platform. Why are we writing about it? Well it is about the Firefox OS being ported to one of the most celebrated little device which runs on the Android operating system, the HTC Explorer.
As interesting as it sounds, xda recognized developer cute_prince has compiled the OS for our little HTC pico and guess what? It does performs well enough to be listed in the list of the devices which are capable of running the Mozilla OS. Since this is the very first build, you can expect a few hiccups here or there but you can get a taste of a fresh OS on the little device.
- Unable to detect the SIM card.
- USB Mass Storage error.
- Video Recording error(Can take pictures though!).
- Bluetooth error.
Besides all that, the best part turns out to be the easy installation of the OS without the use of even a single Terminal command. Since, the Firefox OS shares the linux kernel, it can be Flashed directly on your phone via a Custom recovery.
How to Install Firefox OS on HTC Explorer?
You can start by downloading the firmware.zip file from here and till it gets downloaded, you can connect your Phone to the Computer via USB Cable so that you can copy the downloaded flashable zip file to the root of your sdcard which is the /sdcard/ folder. Now, disconnect your phone from the computer and then turn it off, re-insert the batteries and boot it into the Recovery mode. Now before you proceed, please check whether you have made a nandroid backup in the recovery mode so that you can revert back to your previous ROM if you wish to. Wipe all previous data/Do a factory reset including dalvik cache in order to avoid any sort of “Low memory” issues and then select the option to apply an update zip, and select the zip file you copied to the root folder of your sd card and flash the zip file you downloaded above. If you’re done with that, go back and select “Reboot system now”.
Please make a note that this boot up make take a bit longer than usual and hence be a little patient. If your phone booted up properly, let it get stable for a minute or two and holla! you’re home! Now you’re in an environment of a totally different genre! Enjoy the Mozilla Firefox OS! Feel free to leave your queries in the comments section or you can contact the author on Google Plus or you can head over to our Facebook page for some quick help either from us or the community members!
Source: XDA thread