Mozilla has officially launched Firefox OS Simulator version 1.0, an add-on for the web browser that allows users to test apps for the forthcoming smartphone OS without having to actually use a phone.
The add-on is available as a free download for Firefox for PCs, and replicates the look of Firefox OS. Users can use the preinstalled apps, install other apps and generally interact with the simulator as if it was running on a smartphone.
Although aimed primarily at developers who are currently working on apps for the OS, the Firefox OS Simulator is open for anyone to sample.
Also announced today was a new feature for the Firefox web browser: per-window private browsing. Previously, users would have to close all existing tabs to start a private browsing session (these could be instantly opened again afterwards, but still…), but now they’ll be able to keep these in one window while they browse privately in another. This is pretty much copying what can be done in Google’s Chrome browser with its Incognito mode.
The per-window browsing feature is only available in the experimental “Nightly” edition of Firefox, but is expected to make it into a stable release of the browser early next year.
Will you be fiddling around with the Firefox OS Simulator now that it has reached a stable 1.0 version? If so, let us know what you think of it via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comments section below.