Another good day for Android users.
If Chrome is not exactly your cup of tea then rejoice, as here comes a new version of Firefox for Android and this is what’s new:
You can now customize your home screen pages, re-order them, chose the default ones, hide them and so on. Additionally, a browser will no longer have to be restarted when switching between different languages although it’s not like people do that very often anyway. For developers, there is a new set of APIs and you can learn more about them here.
June, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome – Up; Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
And now we do the desktop.
Starting with Internet Explorer, it looks like Microsoft’s web browser has finally regained what it has lost last year, up from 58.17% to 58.38 (0.21 point increase).
Chasing another market.
Back in January, Mozilla has announced a partnership with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS into the living room. Now, according to the recent report by Gigaom, the open source organization is developing a streaming stick to compete with Google’s Chromecast, and yes it runs Firefox OS.
May, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome, Firefox – Down
Time to do the desktop.
Recovering from a short downtrend, Internet Explorer is up again, this time by 0.29 point, from 57.88% to 58.17%.
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Recently, Mozilla has announced a new Firefox OS device which is company’s first attempt at a “reference design” phone. Aimed at developers and contributors, the goal was to create a mid-tier phone with the lowest price possible.
The following device, dubbed Flame is equipped with a Qualcomm dual core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon CPU; a 4.5 inch 480p display; dual SIM and NFC support.
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April, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
And now the desktop numbers…
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market share has since reached its peak and is down by 0.08 point, from 57.96% to 57.88%.
Well, that didn’t take long.
It appears that Mozilla has finally cracked down from all the content industry pressure and is no longer against implementing DRM into its web browser, at least not against in a way that they refuse to do it. Everything else is pretty much just a PR talk.
At least for now.
Back in February, Mozilla has announced its plans to display ads Firefox’s New Tab Page, which, as you might have expected, did not go well with the community.
Now, it looks like the open source organization has come to senses and is ditching the idea, they said:
Just a quickie.
Now here’s a shocker: despite the fact that Firefox OS does not have any market share, the software giant has decided to allocate some of its resources and create a Bing app for Mozilla’s very own mobile platform. Check it out here.
Now if only Google would do the same and release some of their apps for platforms with at least some of the market share, aka Windows Phone.
Simultaneous releases is a way to go.
Following the desktop release, Mozilla has also released the final version of Firefox 29 for Android, which brings some neat changes.
So what’s new? First in the list is ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account. Users will also get search suggestions for Bing when it’s set as a default search engine. As far as other changes go, there’s a better integration for Open Web Apps, multiple quick share buttons and more.