It feels like there was a while since the last major release of Firefox. Well, today is the day when we reset the timer as this week Mozilla has released the final build of Firefox 21 for both PC and Android.
So what can you expect from it? The desktop release adds a support for multiple providers in Mozilla’s Social API, improves the user interface for Do Not Track option so people know what there are choosing and offers some minor improvements and bug fixes that can be seen in the changelog below.
Firefox 21 Final Changelog
April, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Firefox, Safari – Up; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
It’s that time of the month again as we gather data from the NetApplications to get a clearer picture of the ongoing browser wars. What has changed since last time? Let’s find out.
And some upcoming features.
Thanks to the not so recent changes in Mozilla’s release schedule, it’s now much easier to figure out on when exactly the next final build of Firefox is going hit the web. So, in case you’ve been wondering about the timeframe, we got you covered.
Currently available in Beta, Firefox 21 is targeted for May 14, 2013 release. WebRTC will finally be enabled by default.
Download Alpha version right now.
Although under the hood changes are always nice, it’s not as exciting as something that even the average Joe can see and touch. Yes, we are talking about the UI changes here. Thankfully, the upcoming Firefox 23 release for Android will do just that, focus on various user interface improvements that is, from changed icons to new animations when tabs are added or removed as well as other effects.
That’s not all though, the upcoming release will also allow you to show web site URL’s instead of page titles in the address bar and highlight domain names as seen in the picture below.
Mozilla isn’t too happy about it.
According to a report by Citizen Lab, Gamma International, a UK based firm that produces surveillance software (FinFisher), is tricking people into installing their spyware on their machines, which is later masked as Firefox.exe.
As noted in the Mozilla’s blog post, “when a user examines the installed spyware on his/her machine by viewing its properties, Gamma misrepresents its program as “Firefox.exe” and includes the properties associated with Firefox along with a version number and copyright and trademark claims attributed to “Firefox and Mozilla Developers.”
The best part? According to the video, it took them only 3 days to do so, thanks to asm.js and Emscripten, which first appeared in Firefox 22 Alpha.
Your personal information will be shared with 3rd parties.
In fact, the open source organization states that their policy is to “make Personal Information, such as your name and email address, and Potentially Personal Information, such as the URL of the site you last visited, only available to its employees, contractors, and selected contributors who signed confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from using or disclosing such information other than for approved Mozilla purposes.”
If you are concerned about your privacy after reading Mozilla’s statements, here is a simple tip to disable all telemetry data collecting. Go to:
Settings > Advanced
Click on the “Data Choices” tab
Uncheck the “Enable Telemetry” box
That’s it, as simple as that.
But nothing to brag about.
Now here is a shocker for you: according to the recent report by Forrester, when it comes to enterprise, Internet Explorer still remains the number one web browser that IT workers choose.
How credible is it? Well, the survey itself is based on 7,295 IT workers, so the sample size is pretty decent. However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine for once dominant IE, which holds 40.2% of the market share. Turns out, Google’s own web browser is sitting right on its toes with 27.8% share, followed by Firefox’s 25.4% and Apple’s Safari (1.8%).
Already out of stock.
Now here is something that will make Mozilla’s Firefox OS fans happy. According to the recent report, the open source organization sold out all their phones in just a few hours.
Although Geeksphone manufactured a total of 10,000 FOS phones (mostly for Mozilla employees and other partners), only 1,000 of them were shipped, which caused the supply issues. Interestingly enough, Geeksphone founder and CEO Javier Aguera said that they were surprised at the quick reaction and the number of people who were trying to buy a Firefox OS phone.