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Best ways to speed up mobile browsing [2015]

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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After using a mobile browser for some time, you may notice a slight drop in speed and performance, particularly due due to cache, cookies, and history. It can get even worse if you don’t have the luxury of HSPA+ or even LTE speeds, as 3G and 4G networks can be subject to a lot of hang ups and sometimes even disconnects.

No one wants to deal with slow Internet speeds, though. When trying to access information quickly, it can get severely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to share a video with a friend, only to be met with the annoying loading indicator. Fortunately, there are a couple of handy ways to speed up your mobile browsing, regardless of what type of network you’re on.

JavaScript

The number one thing that is going to tremendously speed up your mobile browsing is disabling JavaScript. Many of the websites you visit will feel lifeless by doing this, but if all you care about is the information on those pages regardless of functionality, turning off JavaScript is your best bet.

Here’s a quick rundown on what JavaScript does:

Click here to view the embedded video.

It doesn’t have to be a permanent solution either. If you decide you don’t like the lack of functionality from disabling JavaScript, you can always go back and reactivate it to get the functional and interactive web pages you’re used.

To disable JavaScript, open up your browser, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner, select Settings, and then Advanced. Under Advanced, there should be a ‘Enable JavaScript’ option. Disable it, and then restart your browser.

JavaScript should now be disabled.

This process only works for your native browser and a select few other browsers on the Play Store. Chrome doesn’t seem to support it.

Cache and Site Data

Your cache is your friend: it’s actually out to help you speed up your web browsing by remembering certain elements and pieces of pages you’ve visited in the past. Cache really does not need to remember these websites but eventually you’ll see a hit to your performance.

That said, it’s always good to clear your cache once in a great while, especially if you find yourself having issues with your mobile browser. To clear the cache in your browser, hit the three-bar menu in the top right corner, and select Settings > Privacy > Clear Cache.

Your cache is now cleared, and you should notice a drop in performance while you’re hitting all of your regular websites, but eventually it’ll smooth out. Additionally, in that same Privacy menu, you can clear your cookies, site data, and browsing history all at the same time, which should increase overall performance.

The process works similarly for various browsers.

Cookies

Clearing your cookies doesn’t stop your web browser from collecting them. Cookies are useful, but they aren’t totally necessary to browsing the web. You can disable them by opening up Chrome, selecting the three-bar menu in the top right corner, going to Settings, and under “Advanced” select Content Settings. From there, you can turn cookies off by simply tapping it.

If you’re interesting, you can read a little more about cookies here.

Pop-ups

Pop-ups are one of the biggest contributors to slowing down your web browsing. They’re annoying, get in the way, and take up unnecessary data, RAM, processing speed, and most of the time they don’t offer anything even remotely helpful.

To disable pop-ups in your Chrome browser, hit the three-bar menu button on the top right corner, and go to Settings > Advanced > Content Settings. Select Pop-ups, and turn them off. Again, this process should work similarly with most browsers.

Browsers

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A major way to speed up your browsing experience is to make sure you’re using a quality web browser. The browser that comes with your smartphone or tablet isn’t always the best solution when there are better options like Google Chrome, Firefox, and even Opera in recent years.

Another way third-party browsers speed up your web experience is by managing tabs better, allowing you to quickly switch to or save the information you need.

Closing

In our fast-paced world, slow browsing speeds can get infuriating due to being used to getting information instantaneously. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing (after all, it’s 2015, what gives?), performing these steps combined with a little patience should speed up your browsing astronomically.

What are some things you do to speed up your browsing or access to information?

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Webmaker lets you make your own web page, right on your smartphone

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Back in the day when the World Wide Web aka the Internets were just starting, building a website was a huge challenge. Codes may not be complicated yet but since only a few people knew web design and development, creating one would take time. You need experts to make one for you and understanding the simplest HTML code was a pain. Well, that was more than a decade ago. In this day and age, anyone, young and old alike, could easily make a webpage, thanks to numerous web tools and mobile apps.

You don’t need to learn Dreamweaver, Photoshop, or WordPress management. You just need this Webmaker Beta app from Mozilla. Yes, this program is from the Firefox champions so we know even if it’s still in beta, the Mozilla Webmaker can turn ordinary users into web makers.

The Webmaker app lets you create original content. Feel free to add photo galleries, create scrapbooks, add memes or comic strips, and write witty captions with the Webmaker Beta. You can tell your story in a simpler, easier, and more intuitive way using this free and open-source program. You don’t need an IT degree to make your own website because the app makes it easy for you.

You can also discover more original content from around the world. Share the things you love and are interested in with family and friends or just about anyone. The app and content are built by users like you so they are something that you will easily understand and use.

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Download Webmaker Beta from the Google Play Store

Overlay Firefox OS On Your Android Device

Posted by wicked June - 12 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

FireFox on Android

As many of you may know, Mozilla also has their own operating system for mobile devices known as Firefox OS. Thanks to Mozilla developer Fabrice Desré, you can now try the Firefox OS experience without flashing a ROM or removing Android by installing B2GDroid.

The  concept of the app is quite simple, set it as your default launcher and you will see an almost full Firefox OS experience, including: launcher, notification drawer, lock screen and settings. It doesn’t completely replace your ROM, but if you were considering buying a phone with Firefox OS or making the switch this is a good way to find out what to expect.

The app does include some of the Firefox OS apps, which are the apps you’d find included with the complete OS such as messaging, contacts, calendar, and its app store. Unfortunately some elements such as the notification drawer tend to conflict with Android’s own and at the these times you will likely be booted back to your old launcher whilst Firefox compiles an error report. As Firefox OS is not intended to work like this, you will find performance to be very poor and the stability is borderline unusable.

I spent a few hours trialing the software on my Android phone today. Whilst I attempted to not leave B2GDroid (This version is called “Fennec Fabrice”), the frequent crashes made this difficult and I was booted back to Nova Launcher frequently. Apart from these brief moments of respite I successfully kept to the app for close to 6 hours. You can see my first few moments with the app, exploring and habituating to the UI below.

Whilst I tried to enjoy my experience, it was made very hard. Several of the key features are inoperable when running on Android, the back key appears to be non functional and the home key brings up the recent apps menu which only appears to be capable of holding one app at a time. The UI makes everything incredibly large and you do get the feeling that you are using Firefox OS for the visually impaired.

That being said it is still in the early stages of development, several of us in the portal team tried it out and we each had very different experiences. I remain hopeful for the future of the app, with time and effort this could become a real benefit to people considering an alternative to Android.

 

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If you would like to try out the app for yourself, head over to here and then select the app as your default launcher.

 

Have you tried the app, how did it perform? Leave a comment below!

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Firefox 38: new UI, Lollipop support, Ruby annotation

Posted by wicked May - 15 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The Mozilla Firefox browser continues to be one of the more popular options, whether it’s the desktop or mobile versions. The newest update to the Android version brings a few changes, most of them visual, as well as a few minor but important features that will make browsing on your smartphone or tablet a little bit easier. And with a lot of websites now having optimized mobile versions (with some even making mobile a priority), it’s crucial that browsers give users a better experience.

Probably one of the most obvious changes with version 38 of Firefox is the much improved user interface, particularly since it now has support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can now see a new welcome screen, the ability to control how you view websites in Reader View controls, Synced Tabs for the tablet versions, and a much-needed Add to Firefox option for links from outside the browser. You also now have the option to send a tab to another connected device from the share menu choices, so you can do seamless browsing between devices.

You also now have an “Add to Reading List” button in the overflow menu so you can easily save those sites that you’d want to read later on (and if you think bookmarks are so early 2000s). Ruby annotation support is important for those from East Asia. This is used mostly in Japanese websites and Chinese materials for children like books, dictionaries, etc. It means you don’t have to install add-ons like HTML Ruby since it is now built-in to the browser.

The update for Firefox 38 should be rolling out to users by now. And since these new versions get out every six week, we’re looking forward to what version 39, expected to come out by the end of June, will bring us.

SOURCE: Firefox

WhatsApp web client now supports Firefox and Opera

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Last month, WhatsApp launched a desktop version of its popular messaging service, which arrived as a web app for Google’s Chrome web browser. The company has now updated its web client to work with Firefox and Opera browsers as well.

As before, the desktop client mirrors your conversations and messages from your mobile device and still requires you to scan a QR code on your computer via your phone in order to get started.

To use the service, simply head on over to web.whatsapp.com through Chrome, Firefox or Opera and scan the barcode. If you aren’t using the online messaging service yet, you can try out the app for free from the Google Play Store.

Six Alternative Browsers to Chrome for Android

Posted by wicked January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Browsers are one of the most essential parts of smartphones. When the original iPhone came out, there was a big deal about that single fact, as it featured a Safari web-browser that brought the experience a much needed crispness and smoothness. On phones, that is; many of you probably remember what many seem to forget – dumb phones did it too! When I was a kid, I’d grab my father’s Motorola Razr (probably the most stylish dumb phone there was) and browse the internet on a poorly formatted (but decently wrapped) WAP browser displayed on a low resolution screen. That didn’t stop me from trying to play Runescape (brings you back huh?) on it. Of course it would never work! But being a tech fanatic at such a young age, the possibility was enticing, and the mere fact that the internet rested at my palm was a sublime realization, even at that age.

Blackberries did browsers too, and their track-balls and track-wheels were awesome for that. But the current smartphones really have an edge in every way, and right now a big advantage is the modular nature of current software – a lot of browsers are available for you to try, adapt to, master and enjoy. There’s too many, in fact, and following typical Playstore distribution, you’d find that most of them suck and that there’s just a few browsers dominating the browser market.

What’s probably the biggest competitor to these top browsers is Google’s own Chrome browser. It is a staple of the Android experience, and now that it comes built-in as a default browser in Stock-Android and OEM phones, everyone has immediate access to enjoy its goodness. A lot of factors make Chrome stand out above the crowd. It is very fast, and has gotten considerably smoother in 2014 – you’d think it would considering every Google changelog ever lists performance improvements. But then there’s the fact that it is also in-line with Material Design, and the few extra features it has really enhance the experience. To top it off, it is neatly integrated with both your Google account and your desktop browser, allowing for seamless transitions through cloud synchronization. You know all of this, as these are probably some of the reasons why you keep the app on your launcher dock.

However, Chrome still has some issues. On lower-end devices it is not as fast and smooth as on Nexuses and other flagships. Text-wrapping needs some work (still). Google also took the refresh button out of the address bar on its MD update, which hurts the navigation on the app a little bit. And then there’s the fact that, like with most Google apps, there’s very little for you to configure or customize, which means that you are mostly stuck with the browsing experience that Google wants you to have. There are more reasons, and these are just what I’ve encountered through my user experience which is something that greatly varies from user to user.

Luckily, if Chrome isn’t your go-to browser because of this or that, you still can choose from a good number of impressive browsers. Let’s take a look at which ones are good alternatives, and why they can compete with Google’s monolithic browser in the first place.

All screenshots took at 360 DPI – the interfaces will take more space in default DPI settings.

Dolphin

Dolphin has a very traditional interface, including a desktop format with tabs at the top by default. Having them at the top of the screen is great for navigation, as you can quickly access an extra tab – and not just quick switch, as in non-tabulated browsers – without the need for a full tab overview. The big problem is that it takes up a lot of space, even for this format. It is simply huge, and in my opinion, a little ugly. Those of you spoiled by the Material minimalism of Chrome will not like this as much, even if it is flat. Luckily there’s themes to address this… But all of the included ones are distractedly colorful and inspired by pictures of flowers or landscapes – clashing entirely with our current Material Design.

UI performance is rather good, but both in benchmarks and in real world use, javascript is slower than the rest of the pack. When it comes to page loading speed and re-resizing performance, it is pretty bad if you are used to Chrome. In fact, of all the browsers I tested, it was the worst of the bunch. It was also the second biggest memory-hogger, so those RAM-conscious of you might want to reconsider.

Where the browser shines, however, is features. Dolphin Jetpack scores great in HTML 5 due to Jetpack which is a webkit improvement for GPU rendering that works behind-the-scenes, which is good for the future standard that is being rapidly adopted. As far as actual functionality goes, this browser offers a lot of things I love. For navigation, you’ve got browser-wide gestures to launch whatever site you want in a pinch. And if you don’t feel like drawing, you’ve got the option to voice-search with a smart Sonar feature that works tremendously well. You can also configure the volume keys to scroll websites or better yet, switch tabs. All of this, coupled with tabs on GUI, makes for a very fast and efficient navigation experience. With Dolphin, you don’t just surf the internet, you swim elegantly. It lives up to its name in this regard.

 

Next

Next, we’ve got… Next. Now, I typically hate GO software. I mostly find it bloated, RAM hogging, and generally unappealing. But their latest browser improved significantly on those points. Next is very minimal, and it resembles older Chrome versions in a way. Its got clean aesthetics and the animations of the UI are rather good, among the nicest in this list. The best part of the UI is that its got a very small search bar, and that you can hide the notification bar; these two things make for a very big browsing canvas and it is something I like to see in browsers, specially now that I don’t have App Settings to force immersive mode.

The UI and performance are very optimized. It definitely shows that GO has put some more time than they used to in making this not too bloated. And if you want performance inside a webpage, you’ve got that too, as the javascript performance is second-to-none when it comes to Chrome alternatives. It is not that fast when loading websites, however, so you might want to keep that in mind. Browser Mark scores put it just under Dolphin, and while I can’t notice that differential, it does feel noticeably slower than Chrome. If you value loading speed, stay away. If you are tight on RAM, you’ll love this browser as it is very light -the lightest, in fact-, and never leaves background processes running.

The disappointing part about this browser is the lack of features. You can sync bookmarks, but that is about it. You can also customize the homescreens to a degree, and there are gestures to switch tabs… But as far as options go, it is no Dolphin. Which isn’t necessarily bad if you are used to Chrome. Just don’t expect a whole lot other than light and smooth software with sub-par browsing speed.

 

Firefox

Firefox has an interesting UI. It is very rounded and adds a gradient to your now-grey notification bar, which makes it rather aesthetically pleasing. It’s got a similar menu to chrome, that slides out displaying options in rows. Then you’ve got a tab switcher at the top which lowers the interface to reveal your tabs. But if you are a phablet user, and especially if your DPI is adjusted to make it justice, you’ll find that the tabs are a little too high for simple thumb reach, and the refresh button is at the highest possible location, past vertical thumb reach. This takes some points away from it in comparison to Chrome’s simple and efficient tab system(s). However, the list-tabs system is efficient, as it provides very informational looks at your tabs so that you know precisely where you are going to in a pinch.

Firefox is one of the best in javascript performance, topping the benchmarks of all of the browser alternatives. And as far as webpage loading goes, it is very decent on cold-loading the websites, but if you happen to close the app and want to get back to it, you’ll find that it takes just as long to hot-load the site you just closed. This is very frustrating for low-memory devices that constantly kick browsers out of memory (and Android’s trigger-happy Memory Manager doesn’t exactly help). And the worst part is, this bad boy makes that matter worse as it can take over 100mb of RAM with no websites open. Certainly not a good option if you are on a budget phone, as Chrome uses almost a third of its standby memory.

As far as features go, Firefox has enough to offer you. You can save pages as PDF documents to look at later in all their glory. Then there’s a “Reading List” feature where you can save web sites to look at later. And there’s a very useful guest mode so that your friends can’t access your data if they need to look for something on your phone’s browser. And while talking about the extensions would be unfair, there is a very solid extension system and theme switcher, meaning you can add many features or change the look. Oh, and this browser is Open Source, so you can tinker with whatever you don’t like or find a fork that solves your gripes.

 

 

Javelin

Javelin is gorgeous. It is one of the few browsers that have adopted Material Design, and it did a good job at that. The default color palette is a little wild at first, but it is aesthetic enough to grow on you, especially given that it changes your status bar accordingly… something Chrome is still missing, surprisingly. As for the setup, there’s options at the sides and I think that they aren’t properly distributed. Tabs are not as conveniently accessible as in other browsers, however, and I think that their layout is not the best for navigation. But the gestures it offers make up for it.

As far as performance goes, it is no slouch. Its benchmark scores are up to par with Chrome at some levels, and it only scores less than 400 points than Chrome’s Browsermark score of 2895. In real world use, it works very well also. Websites load fast, javascript is responsive and swift, and you won’t be left waiting like some of the worst offenders on this list. The UI performance is very good, especially considering that this is a rather feature-heavy browser. One of the problems I’ve always had with Javelin, though, is that it is a little too ambitious with its memory usage, as it drains too much even when idle, particularly with its Stack feature running in the background.

But this Stack feature is great. If you are familiar with Link Bubble, this is just as useful. It’ll load your links found in other apps in the background, and lets you access them whenever you want to by tapping the foreground stack that appears. It makes multitasking excellent and takes navigation outside of the box. It certainly beats Chrome in this regard, as Android’s current activity tasking system is confusing and you can very easily destroy the instance your hard work might be laying on. Other features include a built-in ad blocker, and it allows you to sync your bookmarks and history with Chrome, which is one of the biggest appeals of the browser giant. Its incognito mode is even more secure, and there’s a handy “reading mode” that turns distracting web sites into an easily digestible plain article.

 

Opera

Opera was my go-to browser when I had older devices, and it hasn’t changed that much. That’s not to say it doesn’t look good. It features gradients that look a little dated on our more flat interfaces of today, but it is still to-the-point and simple to have charm. The top sees a tab switcher, which is conveniently spawned at the bottom for easy thumb reach. The menu button has a big grind that makes every element easy to identify and click, so you no longer have to eye-scan a list to find the “find in page” button, just click the magnifying glass! And finally, it features many interface modes, to adjust to tablets and phones. The default one has a bottom bar that is really useful, even if it takes up some space.

Javascript performance is above Firefox’s and Dolphin’s, but that’s not saying it is terrific. Next and Chrome are still significantly better. As far as UI speed goes, this one is very optimized, probably due to its long time in the market, with a lower-end target demographic back in the day. Browsermark scores surpass Chrome itself by a wide margin because of this, hitting close to 3200 over Chrome’s ~2900. I did have two few instances where the browser stuttered for  20 second period, but these could just be momentary glitches, and it wasn’t all too often. Page loading is on par with Chrome, but like Firefox, it suffers from poor hot loading times. Luckily, it is nowhere near as memory hungry, but it is still the third heaviest on this list behind Firefox and Dolphin.

Opera’s biggest feature is its interface, I would say. Navigation on it is very neat, especially with the bottom bar. It takes plenty of space, admittedly, but it helps. One of the biggest selling points of Opera back in its desktop golden days was the speed dial, and you see it here. You can customize quick-access tiles to your bookmarks or favorite sites – whatever you want – to enter them as soon as you open a new tab. This is something many browsers offer, but none do it as good as Opera does. Then there’s an off-road mode that will help you save data, but Chrome already has data saving at this point in time. The “Discover” feature shows you information or websites for you to surf through, and not necessarily stuff neatly picked to suit your tastes. I personally love that because, in my opinion, you don’t really surf the internet anymore when everything is tailored towards your likes through search and ad algorithms.

 

Maxthon

This one has been gaining buzz lately, and for some good reasons. Good features, good speed, decent benchmarks.

The interface is not that good in comparison to some others in this list, but it definitely isn’t the worst. Chrome’s is hard to surpass, and this one doesn’t scratch as much as a dent on it. The default tabulated interface is too tall for its own good, which is great for tablets and endurable with a proper DPI, but if you are running stock you might get put off by it. It is clean looking, nonetheless, and prettier than most of the competition. It can also feature a bottom bar for quicker navigation, allowing acces to home, back and forward, favorites and menu.

Javascript performance is above Firefox and Dolphin, but behind Opera, Next and Javelin. It stands as a good in-betweener in this regard. As far as webpage loading and re-sizing tests, it definitely doesn’t fare as well as Opera and Firefox, and neither Chrome. But it is the second fastest in this list when it comes to loading webpages, and the definite best at hot loading. Couple this with the fact that it is the second lightest in the list and you won’t be having many re-drawing issues. However, it still isn’t lighter than Chrome. But on a personal note, my experience with this browser was the worst on this list by far as UI experience went, everything just lagged. It could be that it is not optimized for my phone (Exynos processor) but I just couldn’t stand the stuttering.

Features have this browser shine:  Quick Access is a speed dial replacement that works very well, and with News Bites you can put your favorite social media on there as well. “My Cloud Tabs” lets you seamlessly transition from devices by syncing your tabs, and you can push text, images or links a-la-pushbullet to Maxthon accounts. Reader mode removes ads and formats webistes for you. You can also sync favorites, you can increase the browsing size, you’ve got built in screenshot assistants, amazing text wrapping, and amazing navigation gestures. Oh, and if this isn’t enough, there are add-ons.

 

Conclusion

All of these browsers have clear strengths and weaknesses. As the browser scene currently stands, I think that Chrome is the best all-around browser and it certainly wins over almost all of them when it comes to a fast and efficient user experience – even if its a simpler one.

But like many of Google’s offerings, it is a little too bare-bones for some power-users with specific needs and wants. And all of the browsers in this list add something nice that you might find useful for your browsing use cases. If you want better navigation because you constantly need to be switching tabs, there’s something for you. If you want loads of features, you can get that too. If you want a lighter and speedier browser, you are in luck!

That’s the beauty of Android, you can get just what you want, or at least get really close to it. And when it comes to such a fundamental part of smartphone experiences, you can get just that too. While Chrome still remains my favorite browser, even if just because of commodity and comfort, it can be replaced by plenty of options and the ones in this list are a good place to start.

But these are just short overveiws. I suggest you to just download them and try them for yourself, because browsers have to click with you and adjust to your needs and wants, not the reviewer’s. I personally value navigation and speed the most, but you might want better features or strong javascript support or a customizeable interface. So just give whichever browser interests you a try, and see its pros and cons for yourself!

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Pushbullet finally brings its “Universal Copy & Paste” feature to Android

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

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Back in August, Pushbullet unveiled a revolutionary new feature, which empowered users to copy and paste files across multiple devices. At the time of release, this function was restricted to Windows-powered smartphones and computers, but now, thanks to an automatic update rolling out today, Android, Mac and Linux users get to use the service, too.

Hit the break to see Pushbullet’s new feature in action.

Click here to view the embedded video.

We’d love to know what you think — so be sure to drop us a comment in the section below.

Source: Pushbullet

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Firefox Beta update brings ‘tab casting’ & more!

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

 

Firefox Beta Android

Mozilla is in the midst of pushing out a rather hefty software update to its official Firefox for Android Beta application. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade transports tab mirroring support for Chromecast, integrated Wikipedia search, the ability to change search defaults and much, much more.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

New:

Tab mirroring support for Chromecast
Added support for Prefer:Safe HTTP header
Wikipedia search now uses HTTPS for secure searching
Beta search default changed to Yahoo for evaluation
Toggle wifi on error pages
Public key pinning support enabled
Implementation of HTTP/2 (draft14) and ALPN
Redesigned first run experience
Browser theme refresh

HTML5:

ECMAScript 6 WeakSet Implemented
JavaScript Template Strings Implemented
CSS3 Font variants and features control (e.g. kerning) implemented
Device Storage API for privileged apps enabled
WebCrypto: RSA-OAEP, PBKDF2 and AES-KW support
WebCrypto: wrapKey and unwrapKey implemented
WebCrypto: Import/export of JWK-formatted keys
matches() DOM API implemented (formerlymozMatchesSelector())
Performance.now() for workers implemented
WebCrypto: ECDH support
Support for the ECMAScript 6 Symbol data type added

Fixed:

CSS transitions start correctly when started at the same time as changes to display, position, overflow, and similar properties

If you would like to download or update your copy of the Firefox Beta app for Android – click the source link below. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code using your smartphone’s camera.

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Play Store Download Link

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Watch videos from Firefox for Android on your TV

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sending content from any mobile device to your TV is possible with Chromecast or Roku. Another way is to use Firefox for Android to view content from your smartphone or tablet straight to your TV as long as they are supported.

Mozzila recently introduced this new feature that lets you send videos from Firefox for Android directly to the supported TV via streaming. Of course, this setup would still need your Chromecast or Roku to work.

Do you want to show others you recent videos saved on your Android phone or tablet? Send videos to your TV with a single click. Want to share a video from a website? Play the video and click on ‘send to device’ icon. The video will then automatically show on the supported TV.

When you hit ‘send to device’ icon found on the video playback controls and URL bar on the screen, a list of devices connected to Chromecast or Roku will be displayed. Only the devices connected to the same WiFi network you are in will show. Select the device you want to use to send your video to.

As long as devices are connected to the WiFi network, you can send any content to another device whether in your living room, kitchen, or just about anywhere within the range. You can play, pause, or close any videos showing from the Media Control Bar found in the Firefox for Android browser. You can still browse Firefox and use or change tabs while videos are streaming.

Make sure you have Firefox for Android first before you can use this feature. Download app from the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Mozilla

Firefox Mobile update: customizable language, home screen

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Since more and more people access the Internet through their smartphones and tablets, mobile browsers are now in a race to capture the users’ loyalty. While most people prefer the ubiquitous Chrome or Opera or even their smartphones’ built-in browser (although why you would do that is a mystery), the Firefox for Android has been making strides to vastly improve its mobile browser. The latest update brings more customizable features and better access to clear history.

Firefox now has 55 languages available for its mobile browser and they are making it easier for you to switch between them, if you are a bilingual or multi-lingual user. You can switch from one language to another as often as you want, wherever you are, without having to restart your browser every time. Some new languages supported from the new update are Armenian, Basque, Fulah, Icelandic, Scottish, Gaelic and Welsh. You can also now have home screen pages on your Firefox for Android so you can easily customize which sites, services or feeds you can have easy access to. So if you want that the first thing you see on your mobile browser is your Instagram, Twitter, Feedly, Pinterest or Zite, then you can just add them to your home screen.

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You also now have easier access to your clear history option, if you don’t want other people to see what you’ve been browsing (naughty, naughty!). There is a clear browsing history option at the bottom of your History home screen page and you can click on it at the end of your session. Firefox Sync will also now work with the mobile browser, so all your bookmarks, passwords and open tabs can be accessed across all devices, as long as you’ve set it up to sync.

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Of course there are still the usual complaints about Firefox, when it comes to crashing and the usual bug errors. But if you feel like giving their mobile browser a try, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store. The updates are still slowly rolling out, so you might not have the features mentioned above when you’ve just installed it in your device.

SOURCE: Mozilla