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Firefox Browser for Android updated to version 31 – what’s new?

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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While most Android/Google fans prefer Chrome, having options is also a privilege we often tout. Firefox Browser for Android is one of the most popular third-party browsers in the Google Play Store, making the latest update to version 31 a topic of interest to many of our readers.

What’s new? To be honest, most of the improvements are hidden away in the background, but you are getting a couple very cool new features. First in the list is the ability to re-order panels in the browser’s home screen, allowing you to further customize your browser to your liking.

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Another addition you will quickly notice is the ability to refresh synced tabs manually. This was done automatically until today, which could prove to be cumbersome if you want to see changes right away. Users can now drag down on the Sync section to refresh. A few locales have also been added, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi, Tamil and Telugu.

Other background changes include:

  • Removal of CAPS infrastrutcture
  • WebVTT implemented and enabled
  • CSS3 variables implemented
  • New Array built-in: Array.prototype.fill

Also important to note is that this browser still isn’t optimized for Android L. In fact, those using the Android L Preview will find Firefox is unable to start at all, while running Google’s latest software.

Now that you know what Mozilla has for you, downloading Firefox 31 is as simple as always. Go to the Google Play Store to grab your update or download the app!

Mozilla working on Firefox OS based competitor to Chromecast

Posted by wicked June - 23 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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News has surfaced that Mozilla is working on device to compete with Google’s Chromecast and could be close to releasing the device. Powered by the Firefox OS, it appears the new streaming media device will function in a manner very similar to Chromecast even to the point of being able to work with some apps that were designed for Chromecast.

At this point the device has no name and it is unclear who will manufacture the device, if it is even limited to a single manufacturer. Some prototypes have already been produced, as seen in the video below, but it appears the company that produced the prototypes will not be the final manufacturer. Meanwhile, a Mozilla spokesperson says “Firefox OS is an open platform freely available for any company to build on top of without restriction. This means companies can experiment with different form factors that run Firefox OS” in response to an inquiry about a manufacturing partner. This seems to hint at Mozilla releasing the code and specifications and leaving it up to manufacturers to put it on their hardware.

In addition to apps designed to run on mobile devices, including those powered by Android, Mozilla reportedly has been working on adding casting capabilities to their Firefox browser. The overall sentiment seems to be that whatever Firefox produces will be more open than what Google allows via their Google Cast SDK.

Now that the existence of the device has leaked out, to the extent that a video showing how it works has been released, we can expect to see more rumors and leaks surface in the coming weeks. Of course, some of the information we’ll be looking for will be pricing and availability information.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Gigaom

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Firefox OS nightly now compatible with Nexus 5

Posted by wicked May - 31 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Had enough of stock Android on your Nexus 5? Then put Firefox OS on it. A developer over on XDA was successful in bringing a Firefox OS nightly to Google’s vanilla smartphone. There are a few minor issues being worked on, so you may want to wait just a little bit longer. Though, people are saying it can be used daily without much of an issue. The two problems have to do with the camera preview and enterprise features. But if you just cannot wait any longer, hit the source link to get started.

Source: XDA

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Firefox OS nightlies now available for the Nexus 5

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Firefox OS doesn’t get all that much attention. We’ve seen the OS running on some official devices such as the ZTE Open C, as well as on some unofficial devices such as the HTC Explorer. But more recently is a Firefox OS port for the Nexus 5.

The Nexus 5 Firefox OS builds are nightlies, however they are being described as highly functional. In fact, it was said the build is “almost a daily driver.” Details coming from XDA member abtekk touch on how the main issues deal with the camera and WPA2. Specifically, the camera preview is broken and the build lacks support for WPA2-Enterprise.

On the flip side, data is said to be fine and the UI is described as being “buttery smooth.” Touching back on the camera — the handset will take pictures, it is just the preview that is broken. Still, we suspect that could be an issue for some. Anyway, those looking to run Firefox OS on a Nexus 5 should begin by making sure all the data is backed up before any flashing.

The flashing will need to be done through fastboot, and the Firefox OS download (link) is available from the forum thread on xda-developers. You can find the thread, titled; Firefox OS – Nightlies, using this xda-developers link.

VIA: xda developers

Firefox for Android update adds more customization options

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The latest Firefox for Android update has arrived in the Google Play Store this morning. The focus here appears to be on customization with Mozilla touting a new home screen and new sharing features. There are a handful of changes this time around, however it seems the most important may be dealing with Firefox Accounts and Firefox Sync.

Mozilla has introduced Firefox Accounts, which will power the “enhanced” Firefox Sync. Basically, this means you’ll be able to take your data with you as you jump from smartphone to tablet. The Sync setup includes passwords, open tabs, form data, history and bookmarks. And along with syncing across Android devices, the data can also be set to sync to your desktop browser.

Some of the customization option deal with the swipe section. You’ll now be able to customize the swipeable History, Top Sites, Bookmarks and Reading List menu. For those not as familiar with Firefox for Android — these are the home screen pages, and moving forward you will be able to choose the one that appears as default.

That chosen home page will show with a new tab and also with a new browsing session. Some of the other highlights mentioned by Mozilla include new colorful icons on the menu bar and the ability to personalize and prioritize sharing content including articles, videos and images to your favorite social sites.

Firefox for Android is available from the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Mozilla

Firefox OS 2.0 screens point toward more mature build

Posted by Tom April - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The current incarnation of Firefox OS for mobile hasn’t set the world on fire(fox) but new screens of the Firefox OS 2.0 update look promising.

Simple, sleek and seemingly intuitive, mockups of the 2.0 version appeared on the Mozilla blog, which also explained new features for the update.

Alongside the graphics and UI tweaks are new features such as selecting, copying and pasting text, music controls and notifications on the lock screen, a FindMyFox phone locator, Firefox account integration, smart typing input and more.

Via cnet

How to transfer bookmarks from iPhone to Android

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Browser bookmarks enable us to save our favorite Web links for access later. If you think of the Web as a supersized digital book, Web bookmarks work like real-life bookmarks by allowing us to mark a location on the Web that we intend to go back to later. Other browser programs aptly use the term “Favorites” for such collections of links.

If you use an iPhone and you’re planning to use an Android phone in addition to it, or if you intend to switch over entirely to Android, you will most likely also want to bring over your iPhone bookmarks to your Android phone. This is not an impossible task at all, considering that you can even transfer iPhone data such as your music, contacts, calendar events, and photos to your Android device.

Read the rest of this guide to learn how to transfer bookmarks from iPhone to Android.

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Transferring Safari Bookmarks via iTunes

One easy way to transfer your Safari bookmarks from your iPhone to Android is through Apple’s media manager — iTunes.

This method presumes that you are using Safari as your default Web browser on your iPhone, rather than a third-party browser app for iOS. Using iTunes, you will first sync your iPhone bookmarks with Safari or Internet Explorer browser on your computer.

From there, you can then export your bookmarks into an HTML file and import the HTML file to either Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer. After that, you can then sync Chrome or Firefox with their counterpart apps on your Android device.

All of that does look a little too roundabout and long-winded, but the process is actually easy to follow along.

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Exporting your bookmarks

The first thing to do is to transfer your iPhone bookmarks to either Safari or Internet Explorer on your computer.  For this, you will need iTunes installed on your Windows computer. Make sure that iTunes can detect your iPhone. Also make sure that you installed the Safari or the Internet Explorer 11 browser on your computer.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes and go to your iTunes Library.
  3. Click on the connected device button at the upper-right corner of the iTunes window to view your iPhone’s summary page.
  4. Select the Info tab and scroll down and locate the Other section.
  5. Place a check mark beside Sync Bookmarks With and select either “Safari” or “Internet Explorer” from the drop down list.
  6. Click Apply and select Merge to merge your iPhone bookmarks to either Safari or Internet Explorer on your desktop computer.
  7. Now that you have synced your iPhone bookmarks to your computer’s Web browser, you need to export them into an HTML file.
    1. If you synced your bookmarks with Safari:
      1. Open Safari on your computer and click File on the menu bar. (If you don’t see the menu bar, click the cog-wheel icon at the upper-right corner of the Safari window to open the menu and select Show Menu Bar.)
      2. Select Export Bookmarks. This will generate an HTML file of your bookmarks.
      3. Save the HTML file to your computer.
    2. If you synced your bookmarks with Internet Explorer 11:
      1. Launch Internet Explorer and click the button with a star icon at the upper-right corner of the window to view your bookmarks.
      2. Click the button with an arrow pointing downward to open the drop down list and select Import and Export.
      3. On the next window, select Export to a File and select Favorites to export your bookmarks.
      4. Select the folder in Favorites that contains your bookmarks. It is usually in the Favorites Bar or in the Bookmarks Menu.
      5. Select a location to save the HTML file to and click Export.

With your iPhone bookmarks exported into an HTML file, you can now import those bookmarks to Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer. After importing, you can then sync the bookmarks to your Android device. Make sure that your Android device and computer are connected to the Internet.

The next section outlines the steps for importing the HTML file to Google Chrome and Firefox.

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Importing bookmarks to Google Chrome

If you want to import the HTML file to Google Chrome for Android, follow the steps below. These steps presume that you already have Google Chrome for Android installed on your mobile device.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer and log-in with your Google account.
  2. Open the Chrome menu and go to Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings.
  3. On the drop down list, select Bookmarks HTML File. Be sure to place a check mark beside “Favorites/Bookmarks.”
  4. Click on Choose File and locate the HTML file that you exported earlier.
  5. Select the HTML file to add the bookmarks to Chrome. Afterward, you will see a dialog box confirming successful importing of the bookmarks.
  6. On your Android device, run the Google Chrome browser app.
  7. Open the Settings menu and tap Sign in to Chrome.
  8. Select your Google account from the list. Make sure to use the same Google account as the one that you used to log-in to Chrome on your computer.
  9. Once logged in, Google will sync the data from Chrome on your desktop computer to Chrome on your Android phone.

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Importing bookmarks to Firefox

To import the HTML file to Firefox for Android, follow the steps below. These steps presume that you already have Firefox installed on your Android device.

  1. Launch Firefox on your computer.
  2. Open the Firefox menu and go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks. Or, simultaneously press CTRL + SHIFT + B  to open the Library window (which is what the bookmarks window is called).
  3. In the Library window, click on Import and Backup and select Import Bookmarks from HTML.
  4. Locate and select the HTML file that you exported earlier.
  5. All your exported iPhone bookmarks will now be imported to Firefox on your computer.
  6. Open the Firefox menu on your computer and select Set Up Sync.
  7. Log-in with your Firefox account. If you don’t have a Firefox one yet, create an account for free within the browser.
  8. After logging in, Firefox will upload your browser data to the cloud.
  9. Run the Firefox browser app on your Android device.
  10. Open the Firefox settings page on your Android device and select Sync. The app will generate a unique code. Take note of that code.
  11. On your PC, open the Firefox Options menu.
  12. Click on the Sync tab and select Pair a Device.
  13. Input the unique code generated by the Firefox app for Android. Click Next to continue.
  14. Firefox on both your computer and Android device will now be paired. Browser data from Firefox on your desktop computer will now be synced to the Firefox app on your Android device.

If you don’t have your Android device with you, you can use Firefox’s Recovery Key feature to pair Firefox on your Android and computer at a later time.

To get your recovery key, go to the Pair a Device page in Firefox on your computer. At the bottom left corner of the window, you will find a link labeled “I don’t have the device with me.” Click on it to find your recovery key for pairing your Firefox on your Android device to the computer.

Save and make a backup copy of your recovery key. Firefox won’t be able to help you restore your lost or forgotten key.

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To pair using the recovery key, just launch Firefox on your Android device and go to Settings > Sync and tap on Advanced Setup. Provide your Firefox account credentials and enter your recovery key. All your Firefox data between computer and Android device will now be synced.

If your Firefox data does not sync successfully to your Android device, try logging out and back in to your Firefox account and re-enter the recovery key.

Directly importing bookmarks to Firefox

If Firefox is your browser of choice on your Android device, you can skip the creation of an exported HTML list of bookmarks altogether. This method lets you easily and directly copy your desktop Safari or Internet Explorer bookmarks to Firefox on your computer. It is a more direct method that won’t require you to import an exported HTML file into Firefox.

Here’s how to import your Safari or Internet Explorer bookmarks directly to Firefox for Android:

  1. Make sure that you have merged your iPhone bookmarks to your desktop Safari or Internet Explorer browser. For this, simply follow the steps in the section on “Exporting your bookmarks”; skip the steps for exporting the bookmarks to HTML.
  2. Launch Firefox on your computer.
  3. Open the Firefox menu and go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks. Or, simultaneously press CTRL + SHIFT + B  to open the Library window.
  4. Select Import and Backup and select Import Data from Another Browser.
  5. A window will appear. Select “Safari” or “Microsoft Internet Explorer” on the list and click Next to continue.
  6. On the next screen, select “Bookmarks or Favorites” on the list.
  7. Click Next to continue and your bookmarks from Safari or Internet Explorer will be imported to Firefox.

Once your bookmarks are in your Firefox browser, you can now pair your desktop Firefox and your Firefox Android app to sync your bookmarks.

Directly importing bookmarks to Google Chrome

Google Chrome’s desktop version also allows you to connect to Internet Explorer and directly copy your Internet Explorer bookmarks to Chrome without the need to export your bookmarks into an HTML file. However, Google Chrome doesn’t allow you to link with Safari so you can’t directly transfer your Safari bookmarks to Chrome.

Follow these steps to directly export your Internet Explorer bookmarks to Google Chrome on your computer:

  1. Make sure that you have merged your iPhone bookmarks to your desktop Internet Explorer browser. For this, simply follow the steps in the section on “Exporting your bookmarks”; skip the steps for exporting the bookmarks to HTML.
  2. Open Google Chrome on your computer and log in to your Google account.
  3. Open the Chrome menu and go to Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings.
  4. On the drop down list, select “Microsoft Internet Explorer” and be sure place a check mark beside “Favorites/Bookmarks.”
  5. Click Import to import your Internet Explorer bookmarks to Google Chrome.

Once your Internet Explorer bookmarks are in Google Chrome, you can now pair Google Chrome and the Chrome for Android app to sync your bookmarks.

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Transferring iPhone bookmarks to Android via iCloud

So far, the methods discussed required a wired connection (i.e., via USB cable) between your iPhone and your computer. If you need a wire-free method, you can use iCloud to transfer your iPhone bookmarks to your computer’s Web browsers. And, then from the computer, transfer the bookmarks to your Android device.

For this method, you will be syncing your iPhone bookmarks to iCloud. So, you need to set-up your iCloud account in Settings > iCloud on your iPhone. Remember to enable Safari on the iCloud menu to sync your Safari data to iCloud.

And, for you to sync your iCloud contents to your computer, you also need to install the iCloud Control Panel on your Windows computer.

Also, since the process will be done through the cloud, an active Internet connection is required for your iPhone, computer, and your Android device.

First, transfer your iPhone bookmarks to your computer’s Web browser(s) via iCloud, as follows:

  1. On your computer, launch the iCloud Control Panel and log-in with your iCloud account.
  2. Be default, there will be a check mark beside the “Bookmarks” option. If not, place a check mark beside “Bookmarks.”
  3. Click Options beside “Bookmarks.” A window will appear, showing the browsers that you can sync your Safari bookmarks to. You can choose Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Place a check mark beside each browser that you want to sync to.
  4. Click Apply. iCloud will ask you if you want to merge the data from your computer’s Web browser to iCloud. Select Merge to continue.
  5. You will then be prompted to install the iCloud Bookmarks extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Click Download to download and install the extension.
  6. Once done, all your Safari bookmarks on your iPhone will now be synced to Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer on your desktop computer. Likewise, bookmarks from Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer will also be synced to Safari on your iPhone.

Now that your iPhone bookmarks have been synced to Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer, you can now sync the bookmarks to your Android device. Refer to the steps listed in the previous sections on syncing Google Chrome and Firefox desktop bookmarks to your Android device.

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Transferring bookmarks from third-party Web browsers

Safari may be the stock and default Web browser on every iPhone, but it is not the only browser that you can use. Several third-party Web browsers exist for the iPhone. You can find them in the Apple App Store. Google Chrome, Dolphin Browser, and Puffin Browser are some of the well-known Web browsers for the iPhone.

If you use any of the said browsers instead of Safari as your main browser on your iPhone, transferring your bookmarks to Android should be a breeze. Take note that the steps for transferring the bookmarks vary according to browser app.

This section outlines the steps for transferring bookmarks from iPhone to Android for the Google Chrome, Dolphin, and Puffin browsers.

Google Chrome

This browser makes bookmarks syncing sweat-free. Just log-in to your Google account in Chrome on both your iPhone and Android device. Chrome will then be able to sync browser data, including your bookmarks, between both devices.

Dolphin Browser

  1. On Dolphin Browser’s home page on your iPhone, tap the book icon at the upper-left corner to open the bookmarks page.
  2. Tap the cloud with a sync icon at the top to open the Dolphin Connect login page. Here, log-in using your Facebook, Google, or Dolphin account.
  3. On your Android device, run the Dolphin Browser app.
  4. Open the bookmarks page and tap on the star with a sync icon to open the Dolphin Connect login page.
  5. Log-in to Dolphin Connect to sync your bookmarks to your device. Be sure to login to the same Dolphin account or login type as the one you used on your iPhone. For example, if you used your Google account to login to Dolphin Connect on your iPhone, also use your Google account to log-in to Dolphin Connect on your Android device.

Puffin Browser

  1. Launch Puffin on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the button with a 3-dot icon at the upper-right corner of the screen to open the menu and select Bookmarks.
  3. Tap on Export Bookmarks.
  4. A page will appear with some reminders regarding exporting your bookmarks to Puffin’s cloud servers. Your bookmarks will be saved temporarily to Puffin’s cloud servers for a day. You can also manually remove your exported bookmarks after you have imported them to another device.
  5. Tap on Export. Puffin will give you a link to where you can access your bookmarks. You can also type in your email address to send the link to your email.
  6. Launch Puffin on your Android device.
  7. Open the link that you got from Puffin on your iPhone.
  8. You will be given a choice to either merge existing bookmarks or replace all existing bookmarks in Puffin on your Android device. Select one option and tap Import.
  9. A message will appear, indicating that your bookmarks have been imported to your Android device. On this page, you can also choose to delete the bookmarks saved in Puffin’s cloud server.

Conclusion

With the various methods for transferring bookmarks described in this post, your favorite Web URLs don’t need to remain tucked away in your iPhone for its exclusive use. In this guide, you were shown several ways to transfer bookmarks from iPhone to Android.

Have you ever tried moving your bookmarks from your iPhone to Android? Did you use any of the methods described here? If not, what method did you use? Share your experiences with us in the comment box below.

(with contributions from Elmer Montejo)


    







Firefox Beta for Android gets updated to support Firefox accounts, data sync

Posted by wicked March - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.

Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.

Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

  • Search suggestions available for Bing search engine
  • The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account (learn more)
  • Added multiple quick share buttons
  • Locales added: Hindi [hi-IN], Indonesian [id], Latvian [lv]

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VIA Vixen Firefox tablet available to developers

Posted by Tom February - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Firefox OS is hotting up, with the second tablet made available to developers – the 7-inch 1024 x 600 VIA Vixen. There have been glimpses of the OS but most is known about the hardware for now. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz VIA dual-core processor, based on ARM Cortex-A9 tech, with a Mali 400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM.

It also has an 8-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

It joins the Foxconn InFocus Firefox OS tablet as the first testers for the next big OS trying to make a splash. Given the trust the world has in Mozilla’s Firefox browser, I’m sure curiosity will cause a lot of hot-fox adopters. Developers can apply for the tablets now from the Mozilla website.

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ZTE Open C: hands-on with a Firefox OS handset

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

ZTE has been showing a Firefox OS phone here at MWC. The handset is the ZTE Open C, and it will bring a 4-inch WVGA display size and a variety of colors. The handset isn’t sporting the highest of specs but that is more about the market this device is headed than anything else.

You can expect the ZTE Open C to arrive in emerging markets. And as such, it will likely be priced accordingly. More to the point for today, while made of plastic, the handset doesn’t feel overly cheap. Of course, there is no mistaking this device — one is not going to assume it falls into any high, or even mid-range device category.

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You’ll find v1.3 of Firefox OS with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor. There is also 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 1400 mAh battery and 3 megapixel rear-facing camera. Users can also expect to find WiFi, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, an accelerometer and GPS.

One possible perk for some may come with the colors. ZTE has said there will be a variety of six, including the red you see here in the post. Otherwise, as you can likely see from the images, the Open C is on the smaller side. This one measures in at 126 x 64.7 x 10.8mm. And again, despite the plastic construction, and lower end specs, the handset didn’t feel all that bad in hand.

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