Firefox OS 2.2 is Moving more awesome

Firefox 2.0 is considered to be most awesome mobile OS which has very good UI. It made many developers to start moving to Firefox OS 2.0 in their developer device.

Recently I came across Firefox OS 2.2 in Mozilla developer Network. I had the aim to check how it is after seeing Firefox OS 2.0 UI I understood 2.2 UI will be very awesome. Thank god I didn’t get cheated.

The biggest mistake which I have done when install Firefox 2.0 from Firefox OS 1.3 which is by default coming in Mozilla Flame is without install the base image (Firefox 2.0 v 188) I did, so I was not able to access the mobile for few minutes.  Then I understand I have to install base image first above that I have to iCompact UInstall Firefox OS 2.2. Successfully I have done it.

Very Compact UI

Firefox OS 2.2 has a very good feature where we can have very compact grouping of icons.  As you can see the image there are two sets of icons, the first two row of the icons are very small and the third row is bigger in size. The reason behind this is the first two icons sets are minimized while the third row has been maximized. The is very awesome concept for those who will be having larget number of apps in their daily use. The another aim of this may be is to avoid over scrolling in the screen. This will be for sure one of the game changer for the Firefox OS which it comes to production.

Apps Switching

Apps switching
Apps switching

App switching in Firefox OS 2.2 has now becomes simpler and very easier. Now to close the application we can simply swipe from bottom to top or else we can simply press the X (Close) button which is found now in the left bottom. Previously we had the close button in the left top and which is also smaller and was difficult to use. Now it has become very much easier. The transition when tapping from Left to Right or Right to Left is very awesome compared to before. This transition is also smooth and the best UX research is done here.

New Feature Introduced

Mozilla is standing out in implementing lot of security related tools. No one can match them. They are the best in that domain and helping people to know more about privacy. To deal with this Firefox OS 2.2 has new application coming along with the OS itself. The more about this mobile application will be discussed in future.

To conclude UI and UX part of Firefox OS 2.2 is awesome. It is really going to become a good game changer.

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Awesome PC is only Book size

Recently a week back I received a gift from Firefox AMO and Marketplace Santa (Amy Tsay or Mozamy). She is the person behind the success of bringing more volunteers to contribute to Firefox Marketplace and Firefox Add-ons. You can read her blog and understand how she helps many of us.
APC paper box
APC Paper box      
You read as Paper from the above Image but I told as awesome PC. Dont get confused so much. Yes it is PC only. You only saw the outer box as of now.
APC paper case
APC Paper Case
The above image shows you the CPU of the new system. It is simple awesome you can easily carry it in a single hand. It’s case is made up of cardboard which is we can recycle and use for other purpose. I can now proudly now save I am using many things which are good for environment 😉
Internal Mother board of Paper
Internal Mother board of Paper
The side image shows you the internal mother board of the PC. It is all the necessary facilities it should have. 

Technical Details

Item Description
Software Firefox OS
Chip VIA ARM Cortex-A9 @800Mhz Processor
Memory DDR3 512MB Memory
4GB NAND Flash
Graphics Built-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p
Input and Output HDMI
USB 2.0 (x2)
microUSB (OTG)
Audio out / Mic in
microSD Slot
Network 10/100 Ethernet
Debug 20-pin ARM-JTAG header
Expansion Extra GPIO, SPI and I2C busses on a header
Size 204 x 98 x 28mm (W x H


x D)

Case Recycled pressed cardboard with high-grade aluminum

I have just now finished unboxing the PC I have got. Have lot of works before I connect it and start working on it.
If you are interested in buying this PC you can buy from APC website.

Gmail Team redirects using to Inbox Webclient

Recently very rare invitation has been sent to few Google lovers. Some of the crazy enthu has sent the request to receive +Inbox by Gmail  invitation. It is most awesome application for Mobile users. Many have started to switch from +Gmail app to Inbox app in their mobile phones. It is one of the great success for the Inbox team.

We have noticed for Inbox there is a web client also. Which is awesome as in mobile phone.

Yesterday +Gmail  has showed us an option to visit Inbox web client when tried to login to Gmail for the first. The screen shot is shared below.

Inbox invitation on Gmail
Inbox invitation on Gmail

It is really a great chance for those who already have enabled / got invitation for the Inbox. We can use this opportunity to use Inbox in browser also. In case if you selected No thanks option, then it is not a big issue. There is another option also to goto inbox from gmail.

Take me to inbox
Take me to inbox

If you clearly notice we can see at the bottom of the  +Gmail  and option for going to inbox. The easiest step is you can just type as follows and go https://inbox.google.com/

Have fun for those who have enabled +Inbox by Gmail already. Other just stay tune you will get invitation very soon.

Awesome New Google+ notification Icon

Yesterday some of you  might have noticed the Google+ notification in desktop changed slightly. Previously we had only bell shaped icon if we have notifications then a red color will be added on the top of icon to show the number of unread notifications. Now the we have newly modified icon for +Google+  notifications in the +Gmail

When you clearly notice the icon we can see two different icons for the +Google+  Notifications.

Google+ icon on dark background
Google+ icon on dark background
Google+ icon on light background
Google+ icon on light background

The above is the new icon(s) for Notification as said before. When you clearly notice the icon are differing very well. In the dark background we can see light color circle and dark bell while in the light colored background it is opposite, we can see dark color circle and light color bell.

+Google+ Developers  have done enough study and have written an best image processing algorithm so that it will detect the background image nature and depending on that image it will be displaying the icon. 
Purely this notification icon change had lot of background studies and it is awesome.

Interesting Week for Google

This week has been very interesting for Google. Google has introduced lot of products and announcements in this one week alone. It is really amazing to see lot of enthusiasm among Google Lovers.

For Developers Android Studio 1.0 Released

Android Studio
Android Studio

The first great news is for Developers. The long time beta Android IDE which has been announced during Google IO 2013 Android Studio’s stable version has been released this week. It is built on built on the popular IntelliJ. It is more powerful tool when you compare with Eclipse with Android Plugin added.

For All Google Online Shopping Festivel 2014
Google has announced GSOF 2014 between December 10  and 12. During this 3 days we can see many online shopping website to throw lot of offers on almost all the products in their website. Some of the products are available at very cheap rate of Rs 299

For Video streaming Lovers – Chromecast in India

Chromecast Available in India
Chromecast Available in India

Chromecast has been recently introduced in India where Google India partnered with Airtel and snapdeal. They have chosen the best time as GOSF 2014. Currently you can buy Chrome cast for Rs. 2999. Chromecast is a simple 2 inch dongle which is used to share videos from different android based devices to our TV.

For Message Lovers – Hangouts has Smart Stickers

The Recent version of Hangouts has a very small update but which is more effective for communication. The recent update has lot of stickers which are newly added and it is very beautiful compared to old.

Chromebook lovers

Acer India Chromebooks
Acer India Chromebooks

Chromebooks have been launched in India during GOSF day 1 in the snapdeal. It is open of the awesome machine available. We can easily install other types of linux in this.

Moz Cafe November 29th 2014

On 29th November we had a small talk with Mozillians around chennai. Sorry If I was not able to contact you all.

We tried to meet at Domino’s but we had problem like we were not sure how to reach the place and so on. But finally we meet.

Then I had a small conversation about how a club team can be formed and how to bring more contributors.

And we had a plan like we can have one person who has finished club leader training and passed the exam as club lead. Under his leadership we can try to focus on specific areas and club lead can be point of contact to reps in region and RAL’s. Say if we focus on Webmaker, appmaker, Firefox OS development, Addons development and so on. Let us have a person who take responsibility and learn about this well and can teach other also. Under him we can have more students to teach by this way we can contribute more to our favorite areas.

Then in Jan / Feb we can try to have a big event where we focus more on technical related activities like App development, Addon development, bug fixing, MDN sprint and little more. Should try to get venue for that. If possible we can try to have in many colleges but in weekends.

Then we started to Null meet up. There is a exciting surprise at the meet. We will be having a session on Firefox OS app development, and NULL Chennai Group members will be teaching which part of code will attack Firefox OS. It will be very interesting session on Jan 2015. Hoping to learn best part.

Mozillians Attended

  1. Naresh Kumar
  2. Krishna
  3. Subhash
  4. Achyuth KP 

I would like to accept all the question if you have. You can also mail me at shihan.viswa@gmail.com

Moz Cafe November 29th 2014

On 29th November we had a small talk with Mozillians around chennai. Sorry If I was not able to contact you all.

We tried to meet at Domino’s but we had problem like we were not sure how to reach the place and so on. But finally we meet.

Then I had a small conversation about how a club team can be formed and how to bring more contributors.

And we had a plan like we can have one person who has finished club leader training and passed the exam as club lead. Under his leadership we can try to focus on specific areas and club lead can be point of contact to reps in region and RAL’s. Say if we focus on Webmaker, appmaker, Firefox OS development, Addons development and so on. Let us have a person who take responsibility and learn about this well and can teach other also. Under him we can have more students to teach by this way we can contribute more to our favorite areas.

Then in Jan / Feb we can try to have a big event where we focus more on technical related activities like App development, Addon development, bug fixing, MDN sprint and little more. Should try to get venue for that. If possible we can try to have in many colleges but in weekends.

Then we started to Null meet up. There is a exciting surprise at the meet. We will be having a session on Firefox OS app development, and NULL Chennai Group members will be teaching which part of code will attack Firefox OS. It will be very interesting session on Jan 2015. Hoping to learn best part.

I would like to accept all the question if you have. You can also mail me at shihan.viswa@gmail.com