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Firefox OS for smartphones is officially dead

Posted by wicked February - 6 - 2016 - Saturday Comments Off

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Back in December we told you a rumour that Firefox was killing off making smartphones that ran Firefox OS, but now Mozilla has confirmed it.

Firefox OS was looking like it might be an interesting OS to run, but unfortunately, Firefox has issued a statement saying that they will be killing off Firefox OS on smartphones for good. They plan on using all their resources to focus on IoT instead.

Through the work of hundreds of contributors we made an awesome push and created an impressive platform in Firefox OS. However, as we announced in December, the circumstances of multiple established operating systems and app ecosystems meant that we were playing catch-up, and the conditions were not there for Mozilla to win on commercial smartphones. We have decided that in order to succeed in the new area of Connected Devices we must focus our energy completely on prototyping the future and exploring how we can make the biggest impact in IoT.

Firefox OS was used mostly in developing countries, but didn’t catch on too well. Mozilla plans on ending all support after version 2.6.

Source: Mozilla

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Mozilla to kill Firefox OS in May to focus on IoT

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2016 - Friday Comments Off


Goodbye, Firefox OS. We barely knew ye. Today Mozilla announced that their smartphone experiment Firefox OS would be closing up shop for good. The company says that although they will no longer be developing and selling Firefox smartphones, they are going to continue efforts to develop technology that interconnects devices and contributes to the ever-broadening landscape of the ‘Internet of Things.’

This announcement arrived to us in bits and pieces via tweets as it was announced at a Mozilla developer event in Florida, “Mozlando.” While we didn’t have anything firm to stand on for a while, an official release backing these claims was published by Mozilla, confirming that the company would be taking a different direction.

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Firefox OS was designed to be a champion of entry-level smartphones. It’s web-first approach was unique to the mobile market, but failed to develop a following since its launch in 2013. The operating system was primarily pushed in the developing world and in countries that were late to adopt mobile tech and where low-cost handsets were selling like hotcakes. Sales weren’t very good even in these markets, however, as the company found themselves out-bargained by a slew of other OEM’s who dominated regional markets with extremely inexpensive handsets.

From a business standpoint, the Firefox OS was something of a failure, so it’s good to see the company cutting themselves free of the initiative and re-investing their efforts into other areas of interest.

What are your thoughts regarding the demise of Firefox OS? Let us know your thoughts regarding this development in the comments below!

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Mozilla updates Firefox browser for Android to version 44.0

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2016 - Wednesday Comments Off


A new version of Firefox for Android is available for download. Version 44.0 is now ready on the Release channel. It was officially offered starting yesterday, January 26. The mobile browser app can enable cloud printing using Android print service and show search history suggestions. With the update, users are prompted before opening Intent URIs in a private browsing tab.

You can now take advantage of a web-based Firefox Accounts page or see if the launching URIs with ‘mms: protocol’ improved with the additional support. Feel free to select your own homepage to greet you and display on startup. The Top Sites panel usually shows up but you can now choose how you want your homepage to look like.

Note that Firefox also did some changes on the tabs tray on smartphones. Support for Equifax Secure Certificate Authority and RC4 decipher have been discontinued. We have no idea why but the changes should make the app faster.

Aside from Firebox for Android, Mozilla also released the latest update for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The updated versions now feature developer tools and push notifications. As with the Android app, RC4 encryption has been removed as well.

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SOURCE: Mozilla

Firefox Browser gets another big update to v44

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2016 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Firefox Browser may live permanently in the shadows of Chrome, but the app is surprisingly good and really deserves more recognition than it gets. The Firefox update to v44 adds a bunch of new features, including cloud printing support, a new homepage option, improved “open tabs” screen and search history suggestions.

In combination with Firefox on desktop, Mozilla is putting forward a pretty strong case for checking it out, especially if you haven’t done so for a while. For example, the desktop version of Firefox recently added Web Push, a feature that allows the browser to deliver pop-up notifications just like on Android without needing the tab open.

Firefox Browser tab manager

Back to the Android app, this is the second big update Firefox has received in a month, with the previous bump to v43 updating the Android interface, adding the tab audio indicator, and reading list tweaks. Today’s update to v44 delivers the ability to set a homepage (as opposed to the Top Sites panel), a new tab manager page and support for cloud printing.

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Firefox will now prompt you before opening Intent URIs in a private tab and will show search history suggestions. The app has also added a web-based Firefox Accounts page and there’s some technical security protocol and certificates changes. If you have the browser installed it will update automatically, and if you don’t you should give it a look, because it’s fast, stable and secure.

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Firefox v43 introduces audio indicator, reading list tweaks and more

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


After plenty of beta tests and little updates, Mozilla’s Firefox browser has received a new stable version today – version 43. Included in the package is a selection of new features, both under the hood and some that you will notice more readily. So here’s what’s new.

For starters, users can now mark items in their reading list as read or unread, which is handy for keeping track of articles. There’s also a new audio indicator to signify which open tabs are currently playing something through your speakers or headphones. Tablet users will also notice a new split pane style for the history panel when in landscape mode.

Firefox also has some new accessibility improvements for scrolling, zooming, braille and context menus in Talkback screen reader. The toolbar menu has also been updated to match the latest Android UI design guidelines with a grey rather than black tint, so Firefox will better match up with the look of your other Android apps, if you care about that sort of thing.

Under the hood there is improved API support for m4v videos and a number of security fixes to keep you better protected against the unsavoury web elements out there.

The update should apply automatically if you have Firefox downloaded from the Google Play store. If not, you can grab the popular web browser using the link below.

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Mozilla doesn’t need Google’s financial support to keep going anymore

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

FireFox_OS_TA (1)Mozilla has previously relied on deals with Google to keep the company floating, but it looks like that’s changing. Google paid Mozilla to set Google Search as the default search engine in Firefox, but thanks to some other deals with companies like Yahoo, Baidu, and Yandex, Firefox is moving towards a less Google-influenced future.

Yahoo will be responsible for the default search queries in the US, while Baidu will handle things in China and Yandex handles Russian traffic. It’s probably better for the global internet to keep everything from going through Google by default, but with Chrome still eating up a ton of the desktop browser market and many users opting to use Google anyway, it’s hard to see this move affecting Google too much.

The Google/Mozilla deal accounted for about $330 million last year, which made up almost all of the organization’s revenue. They didn’t disclose how much the new set of deals would give the company, but Mozilla is positive about revenue for next year.

source: Cnet

via: Engadget

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EverythingMe context launcher will be no more, servers shutting down

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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We’ve been saying that the Firefox launcher is simply a customized EverythingMe. True enough, the brand EverythingMe itself is no more as the team behind it is already shutting down. In an official blog post, Dan-ya Shwartz Bar-El, Head of Marketing at EverythingMe, announced that they are winding down the company.

The EverythingMe launcher will no longer be supported. It’s more of a context launcher rather than a simple app launcher. It started as a simple app that would remember a user’s habits so it would launch the right app to be opened at a certain time of the day or week for easier and quicker access. The app was introduced three years ago and over 15 million mobile users downloaded it from all over the world.

User experience was regularly updated but the time has come for the devs to sit back and relax. They’ve already seen their success and their vision has finally come to life that another company even took interest. Mozilla invested heavily in the startup and then soon launched the Firefox launcher. Some features have also started to occur in other operating systems and launchers.

EverythingMe was all about contextual discovery. The startup was built on the relevant recommendations for content and apps that a person might likely need at a given place or period of time. It’s a good product and it was an ideal framework but unfortunately, the company didn’t generate enough revenue so the executives decided to shut the operations down.

We don’t know when exactly but you won’t find the EverythingMe launcher on the app store. All services will close down so you won’t be able to receive any support. You may still run the app on your smartphone but don’t expect it to run smoothly as before because even the servers will be shut down.

SOURCE: EverythingMe

Best alternative web browsers

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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The web browser is an extremely important part of your phone, and for most people that’s probably where a good chunk of time gets spent on any device. Sure, apps more popular and offer a better experience (and we’re starting to see many companies push for app installations over web views) but the web browser is still a completely functional feature, especially for simple web searches or browsing, or if you just need to look at a certain site that you don’t shop often enough to justify an app installation.

With that being said, some browsers are better than others. All Android devices ship with a default internet browser, and most of them also come pre-loaded with Google’s own fantastic Chrome browser. For many people, one of those two apps will be more than functional enough. But for some people that are looking for a slightly different experience because they want something a little faster, or maybe something that integrates with a different ecosystem that isn’t Google’s, there are plenty of other solid options available, and that’s where this guide comes in. We’re going to go over some of the best available replacement web browsers to test out on your Android device.


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If you’ve ever experimented with different browsers on your PC, you’ve probably used Mozilla Firefox at some point. It’s one of the most popular web browsers available and helped popularize some of the features we take for granted on our browsers today, like tabbed browsing. Firefox isn’t only available on a desktop, though, and Mozilla has put a ton of time into crafting an excellent mobile browser for anyone looking to use Firefox on the go.

Tabbed browsing isn’t going to make Firefox stand out in 2015, but the browser has a ton of other features that stand above what other apps can offer. One of the biggest features that Mozilla is a huge advocate for is a set of privacy features on Firefox that can be tough to find on other browsers. Mozilla continuously builds better security and privacy features into their browser, and they were one of the first to offer a Do Not Track solution to their browser, which carried over to mobile. Firefox will do its best to block certain parts of the web that try to track your activity, which theoretically leads to a more private browsing experience. And since Firefox is also open source and Mozilla tries to be pretty transparent about things, that makes Firefox a compelling argument for anyone that’s trying to keep their info a little more secure.

Another great feature from Firefox’s desktop browser is its ability to support add-ons. Firefox isn’t the only mobile browser with extensions support, but it’s pretty rare, and Firefox arguably has more support than any other available browser. Just like add-ons on a desktop, you’ll have access to tons of different optional plug-ins to enhance your browser, including things like ad blockers, password managers, and tons of other small utilities and tweaks. It’s not quite as fleshed out as the desktop version, but there’s still plenty off add-ons to make your mobile browsing a bit better.

As an actual browser, Firefox works extremely well. It’s fast and fluid, and Firefox Sync keeps your history, browser tabs, log-in info, and bookmarks synced up across devices. Most browsers (including Google’s own Chrome) do this, but it’s nice to have an alternative browser that won’t disrupt your workflow if you have multiple devices. And, since Firefox is pretty neutral about search engines and service providers, it’s much easier to get things set up to use Yahoo or Bing as a default search engine. I’m sure most of us here enjoy using Google, especially on Android, but there are instances where you may want to keep things separated and not put all of your internet eggs in Google’s basket.

Firefox is free, and it’s hard to beat, especially if you’re already using it on the desktop. It’s just as good as Chrome in almost every way and even wins out in a few areas, so it’s definitely worth checking out for anyone that’s looking for tons of features without going the Google route.

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Dolphin Browser

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Some people want a lightweight browser that does just what they need, and that’s it. Other people want their web browser to have more features than the smartphone they’re using. If you’re in the latter camp, you’d feel right at home with Dolphin Browser.

Dolphin is currently at version 11 and has over 50 million app installations. It’s been around on the Play Store for a while, and it’s been updated with Android throughout the years to create one of the best available apps around. It’s definitely not a trimmed down, light app, but it does pretty much everything you could possibly ask from a web browser, and it supports several add-ons in case you really just need more features.

What might be the most unique feature of Dolphin is that it supports Adobe Flash right on your smartphone or tablet. If you’ve been keeping up with Android (or mobile devices in general) over the past few years, you probably know Flash has been all but abandoned on mobile browsers, opting instead for HTML5. That’s great for the future of an efficient web, but there’s still quite a bit of Flash content floating around that’s pretty much inaccessible if you’re using Android’s default browser. Dolphin steps in and offers a full flash experience, so you can technically watch any Flash videos or play Flash games on your device. That doesn’t mean a Flash app that’s looking for a mouse and keyboard is going to magically work well with your touchscreen, but at least videos are fully accessible. The app also supports downloading those Flash videos in a format that you can watch offline, too. That feature is extended to any videos using HTML5 as well, which makes Dolphin a great browser for video junkies.

Dolphin is also one of the few mobile browsers that supports add-ons, and there are tons and tons of them. They’re freely available on the Play Store and offer everything from battery saving extensions, YouTube video downloaders, language translations, and nearly anything you can think of. These are all optional on top of the myriad of things that Dolphin already does, including voice search support, a unique gesture-based browsing experience where you can assign actions and shortcuts to gestures (drawing a star will take you to your bookmarks, for example), and fully functional theme support. It’s really, really hard to beat the level of customization that Dolphin offers.

Not only is the app extremely customizable, though, it works really well on all devices. Dolphin uses its own HTML rendering engine which is supposedly a big reason for the performance of the browser, but navigating the interface is quick and easy. The only real drawback is that there is no desktop equivalent for your traditional computers and laptops, but Dolphin does have a workaround that will allow you to send content to and from browsers like Chrome and Safari. Although it can’t completely replace all of your browsers, it can at least bridge your mobile browser to whatever else you’re using.

Dolphin is free, extremely customizable, and extremely functional. If that’s what you’re in the market for, you can’t go wrong here.

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Opera Browser Beta

Opera is a browser that also has a pretty steady presence in the desktop browser market. It’s no heavy hitter like Chrome or Firefox, but it has a pretty unique take on web browsing that aims to save data and energy and money on devices. The browser has several methods of compressing data on the internet that speeds up your experience without sacrificing any performance. Do more with less isn’t a philosophy we see very often when it comes to mobile devices, but it’s a welcome approach.

The app compresses data in two ways; one involves compressing videos that you’re watching, and the other uses Opera’s own compression servers. The video compression in the mobile app crunches down the size of videos that you’re watching, which saves data and helps videos to play on slower networks. It’s useful if you’re dealing with a congested or slower network, and it also saves some data usage if you have a monthly cap on a mobile network. The normal browsing compression achieves the same goal, but it routes sites through Opera’s own servers to compress info then serve it up to your phone faster than you’d normally see it. Again, speed and efficiency are the two biggest gains here.

As far as features go, Opera mostly relies on its light footprint to stand out from the crowd. You’ll get all the standard bells and whistles you’d expect from a web browser, including synced bookmarks and passwords, and Opera manages your favorite links in a speed dial-like interface that allows you to quickly jump around websites. There’s also a private mode and a Discover tab that helps you find new content to read, which could help you clear up a separate news app that you don’t actually have room for.

If you need tons of features and extras, Opera may not be a good fit. But if you frequently travel or deal with smaller data caps, the app is fast and easy to use and helps you efficiently browse the web.

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Javelin Browser

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Javelin Browser is the Material Design browser that Google should have made a year ago. It takes Android’s primary design guidelines and makes an app and interface should make Google jealous. It’s that great.

As far as features go, it doesn’t really do too much to stand out, but the navigation and interface are top notch and make for one of the best browsing experiences available. There are tons of great visual effects and feedback that other browsers simply can’t match.

Javelin’s feature set isn’t lacking by any means, however. There are bookmarks and quick links, full screen browsing, and data syncing through a Javelin account, which are all the things we expect from a decent web browser. But Javelin excels when it can utilize its interface, such as when you’re using the sidebar while browsing. You can easily slide between open tabs, bookmarks, and your browsing history, and quickly clean up history, open private browsing, and other things that are normally stuffed away in a utilitarian tool menu. There’s even a cleaned up reading mode that declutters your current screen to let you quickly read what’s on the page without dealing with ads and other formatting that you don’t need.

It’s a pretty standard list of things you’ll need a browser to do, but Javelin is fast and efficient and genuinely seems like the browser that should be shipping with Android by default.

If you’re looking for a pleasant browsing experience with enough features to stay competitive with the likes of Chrome, Javelin should be high on your list, especially if you like Material Design. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like great Material Design apps?

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Your web browser is one of the most important parts of your smartphone, so you might as well get the most out of the best browser you can.

Did we miss any of your favorite browsers? Drop a comment below and let us know.

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Firefox for Android gets a more powerful Private Browsing mode in v42 update

Posted by wicked November - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


If you aren’t happy with your current mobile browser and happen to take privacy very seriously, perhaps you’ll want to pay attention to the new update that’s rolling out to Firefox for Android. In the big version 42 update, the third-party browser app is getting a new feature added to its Private Browsing mode called Tracking Protection.

Normally when you enter Private Browsing mode (or Incognito mode for the Chrome users), your browser will get rid of your history and cookies, but not a whole lot more than that. But when this new Tracking Protection feature turned on, Firefox will block some web content like advertisements, analytics trackers and even social share buttons that might record your behavior across sites without your knowledge.

The Firefox team is also adding in a new Control Center that will show you website security levels and privacy controls in your address bar. Using the Control Center will also allow you to easily turn off Tracking Protection in Private Browsing if the new feature ends up breaking the webpage. If you’d like more details on the two new features, check out the video attached below to learn more:

This new update is rolling out in the Google Play Store as we speak, so follow the link below to grab the latest version.

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Mozilla Firefox updated with Tracking Protection feature

Posted by wicked November - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Mozilla has been working hard to improved the Firefox browser for the nth time. The company just introduced  ’Tracking Protection’, a special Firefox Private Browsing feature that is expected to provide a more private browsing experience. The main goal of Mozilla for the latest version is simply not speed but increased security and privacy. In Private Browsing mode, cookies, searches, temporary files, and history are now saved–for real.

Tracking Protection on Firefox delivers more security and control to the user over data that he sends to third parties. Sending out data is limited on Firefox for Android now and cookies and browsing history are no longer saved especially after you close a window. Your data are not saved to ensure a more private browsing all the time.

This update is available not only for Android but also for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Your activities that may give analytics trackers, ands, and social share buttons are blocked. These are the things that usually record your activities and behaviors that can be stored, shared, and accessed by anyone.

Aside from the private browsing enhancement on Firefox for Android, Mozilla also introduced a new Control Center. It is where you can turn off turn off Tracking Protection in Private Browsing and see your privacy and security controls. For the developers, Mozilla launched the new Firefox Developer Edition with Animation tools, making it easier for any dev to create animation. Meanwhile, the DevTools Challenger provides more relevant information and a hands-on experience for the developers and coders.

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SOURCE: The Mozilla Blog

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