Expected in the coming months,
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a number of changes that are coming to its Firefox OS, which are mostly user experience oriented.
For those that want to have the smoothest experience possible, the open source organization rewrote the part of the software that controls panning and scrolling when touch (your finger) is involved. Result? Much more fluid and responsive navigation.
Now here’s something pretty awesome.
During MWC 2014 conference, Mozilla has announced a deal with Spreadtrum (a fabless semiconductor), which should bring Firefox OS phone to the masses and emerging markets.
How so? Well, as you might have guessed from the title, one of such devices would only cost $25, thanks to the SC6821 chipset.
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Now here’s a new trend that will (hopefully) die soon: packing ads everywhere. The latest victim is Firefox web browser as Mozilla has announced plans to display ads in square slots that will be displayed in the New Tab page.
On a (slightly positive note), these ads will be displayed for first-time users only or the ones that haven’t occupied all tiles. Also, the open source organization said that “the sponsored tiles will be clearly labelled as such, while still leading to content that we think users will enjoy”.
January, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge forward and has (again) increase its market share, this time from 57.91% to 58.21% (0.3 point increase).
Now here’s something unnecessary. If you are looking for a product identical to that of EverythingMe’s (see video above) where the only difference is an inclusion of Firefox web browser then good news, because Mozilla & EverythingMe has just announced exactly that at the InContext Conference.
Windows 8.1 is the OS.
When it comes to browser power consumption, it looks like Internet Explorer 11 is still the king of the hill.
According to the latest test done by guys at 7source, there is a staggering difference between the best (IE11) and the worst (Opera 18) web browsers. In fact, on your Toshiba Encore 8″ tablet, you could surf the web for as long as 8:52 hours or as little as 6:11 hours, depending on your software of choice.
Starting with the low end.
It looks like the open source organization is pretty serious about its Firefox OS efforts, according to Asa Dotzler, the upcoming tablet (InFocus New Tab F1) will feature a quad core ARM SoC, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 10.1 inch IPS screen at 1280×800 resolution.
If you always wanted to try Firefox OS but never had a good enough reason (or finances) to justify the purchase then Geeksphone Revolution might be something you are interested in.
Thanks to a clever design, Revolution runs both Firefox OS and Android, where former acts a safety blanket (assuming you don’t like FOS). In addition to that, it’s not a low end phone and has a 4.7 inch IPS qHD display as well as Intel Atom Z2560 dual core processor.
And this is how it looks:
Can it match LG’s WebOS offerings?
It looks like Mozilla and Panasonic are joining their forces in an effort to develop the Firefox OS powered Smart TVs, according to sources.
If everything goes as planned, developers will be able to build apps and various services utilizing same APIs that Mozilla is offering.
Having already delayed the release of Firefox for Metro (also known as the Modern UI), it looks like Mozilla has no plans to hit the current ETA as well, and those that have been waiting for it will be disappointed again.
As reported earlier, due to holidays, Mozilla has extended the release cycle of Firefox for two weeks, which means that Firefox 28 (which brings Metro UI) will now be coming as late as March 18th.