May, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Opera Mini, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser – Down
It’s that time of the month again.
Before we kick start the weekend, let’s do another round of market share reports, starting with the mobile web browsers.
Microsoft funded study confirms that IE is the best.
Back in 2011, we compared IE9 and its competitors to see which one consumes the least amount of power. Spoiler alert: Internet Explorer won and Opera lost heavily.
Well, guys at Fraunhofer Inc. decided to download Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome 26 and Mozilla Firefox 21 and do a study of their own.
Here are the results:
Another Chrome clone in the making.
Back in 2012, Mozilla promised to overhaul the overall UI in the upcoming Firefox 19 release (see screenshot below). Well, that did not happen.
Now, it looks like someone from Mozilla has finally decided to deliver these promised changes with Firefox 25, which is set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2013.
June 3rd is the day.
Now here’s an interesting rumor for you. In order to “diversify its client base away from Apple”, Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) is teaming up with Mozilla to reveal “a new device” (which is likely to be a tablet) as soon as next week.
While details remain vague, we can only speculate that it’s likely to be a low end tablet aimed to compete with cheap Android devices rather than the premium products like Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Nonetheless, we are pretty excited to see the hardware assuming this rumor is true.
Just in time for Windows 8.1
If you were wondering about the progress of Firefox for Microsoft’s “Modern UI” (previously known as Metro), there we have some news for you.
According to Mozilla’s roadmap, the open source organization aims to deliver the final version of Firefox for Windows 8 on November 19, 2013, assuming everything goes as planned.
However, there are two other dates that should be taken into consideration: October 02, 2013, which is tagged as “Optimistic Release Scenario” and March 20, 2014 as a worst case scenario.
With no 3rd party cookie blocking.
Well, it looks like Firefox 22 won’t be as exciting as it was promised to be. According to PCWorld, Mozilla has postponed the idea in order “to collect and analyze data on the effect of blocking some third-party cookies.” whatever that means.
However, there is still at least one thing that will get you going. OdinMonkey, Mozilla’s asm.js optimization module is a part of this Beta build and as you might know already, it’s awesome.
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.