Today was the fist day when I didn’t get frustrated at any point by my phone. I’m not talking just about bugs or missing features but also me being used to Android and all of the little frustrations that come with changing your operating system. And not only I did not find any new bugs, someone responded to my bug report which is always exciting. This is probably the thing I enjoy the most about open source projects, you can submit a bug report and watch the problem getting fixed or work with the developers on fixing it and this is why Firefox OS is being developed so fast.Today’s lack of problem with the phone means I don’t actually have much to write about as far as the operating system goes because nothing exciting really happened. So instead I will write a few words about Appmaker.
Appmaker is a web application for building simple applications for Firefox OS, no SDK or knowledge of programming necessary and it’s so easy all you need to know is explained in a three minute video. Because it all works in HTML5 you can make and try your app out in your browser so I recommend you give this a try even if you don’t currently own a FFOS device. This project is still in fairly early development so you may not be able to create the next killer app with it but you can create useful little applications, for example I made myself a stopwatch. It not only allows you to create something but also to publish it, it will give you a link that you can use to try your app in the browser or install it on your phone, unfortunately it doesn’t do packaged apps but I think that is a feature we will see in the future. Appmaker also conveys the spirit of open source by allowing anyone to remix applications created by others. I’m really excited about this project because I think that allowing anyone who is capable of using a web browser to create software will definitely result in some amazing and surprising apps in the future.
Today when most people decide on what mobile device to purchase they will look through software that is available for it and base their decision largely on what others created for it. I think projects like Appmaker might cause a shift in an attitude of an average consumer who will buy a device based on what he or she is able to create.