'Help us build kick-ass tablets': Mozilla asks devs to get involved with Firefox OS slates

Summary:If you're a developer who's good at spotting missing features, and have an itch to try out Mozilla's new tablets, it's time join the foundation's contributor program.

2014-01-24 10.18.36 am
Mozilla's Foxconn contributor program Firefox OS tablet reference model. Image: Asa Dotzlerr/Mozilla

Developers wanting to help shape Mozilla's upcoming Firefox tablet are being asked to provide early feedback on how the OS performs on the organisation's reference device.

"We're looking for people who can help us test Firefox OS regularly and report defects, chart feature gaps with competitor tablets, triage incoming bug reports, localize and translate UI, prioritize work and build roadmaps, hack on existing features, define new features and experiences, and more," said Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox OS participation announced on his personal blog this week.

"This isn't an exhaustive list, but I wanted to put it out there to let you know that, yes, we want YOU! to come work with us to make Firefox OS kick ass on the tablet form factor."

Mozilla announced the program earlier this month , which would give contributors access to nightly builds of its tablet OS running on a 10-inch reference device from Taiwanese hardware maker Foxconn.

Mozilla said the program is still expected to commence in coming weeks.

"Mozilla has limited full-time resources to dedicate to tablet-specific Firefox OS development. That will hopefully change in the future but for the time being that means we need all kinds of help," wrote Dotzler.

Participants will get access to a wi-fi-only InFocus 10-inch tablet that has a 1280×800 display, 24bit colour, 16GB of onboard storage and 2GB RAM. Its dimensions are 267mm by 171mm, with a thickness of 9.7mm. It weighs 580g.

Dotzler recently fleshed out the specs, noting that it was an InFocus New tab F1 (pictured above running the latest nightly build), running on an ARM Cortex A7 Quad-Core 1.0GHz with a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU. It also has five-megapixel and two-megapixel dual cameras; Micro SD, Micro USB, and headphone ports; support for GPS, Bluetooth, Gyroscope; and a 7,000mAh battery.

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Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility

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