January, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Opera Mini, Android – Down
As the “New Year” passes by, it’s time to take a look at the mobile market share data for January, 2013, which includes one new player: Internet Explorer.
No ETA yet.
In an effort to make maximize Firefox’s security, Mozilla has announced its plan to block all 3rd party plugins from loading by default with one exception being the latest version of Adobe Flash.
This includes Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, even if they run the latest version of a said plugin. Ironically, Flash is known to be far less secure than the Silverlight so it looks like Mozilla is choosing popularity over security.
No Opera in sight.
Front reminds us of the iPhone.
After demonstrating Firefox OS on a couple of unbranded and bland looking devices, Mozilla has just announced two developer preview phones, and they do indeed look better than expected.
What is more interesting though are the specs. Although it was speculated that Firefox OS will be limited to the low and/or mid-range phones, developer devices are far from slow, which is both exciting and concerning. If these devices are an exception, we wonder how will developers be able to test their apps and make sure that they run smoothly on a far less powerful phone.
Another iPad web browser.
Back in June, 2012, Mozilla has revealed their upcoming project: Firefox Junior, which, just like Opera Ice and Internet Explorer, focuses on a full page experience.
Now, according to a Polish web site Komputer Swiat, Junior will be released in the first half of 2012, giving Mozilla 4 more months to polish things up.
If you are not exactly sure what this new project is all about, check the following video.
Over the WebRTC, which doesn’t seem to be standardized.
Back in 2012, WebRTC, Google’s proposed web standard for audio, video chat and P2P file transfers, has gained a wide acceptance among various web browser vendors, including: Firefox, Opera, Maxthon and Google Chrome. While Apple is yet to implement and comment on WebRTC, Microsoft did raise some concerns and suggested their own web standard. That was back in August.
Good bye, Foxit.
The releases just don’t stop, do they? Recently, Mozilla has pushed a new Firefox build to its beta channel, which will especially benefit those looking to install as few applications as possible.
Aims for broader audience.
Following Google Chrome, Mozilla too has released a new beta version of its Firefox browser for Android, which includes one important change: a broader support for phones with ARMv6 processors.
According to Mozilla, they have reduced the overall app requirements from 800 MHz to 600 MHz, allowing users with handsets like LG Optimus One, HTC Wildfire S and ZTE R750 to test their bellowed web browser.
What else is new? In addition to the eliminated animations for themes, Firefox 18 also includes tab switchin performance improvements, a support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7, initial support for WebRTC and a new HTML scaling algorithm, which is set to improve the overall image quality.
With all kinds of news flooding the channels, thanks to the CES 2013, TheVerge had a chance to play with a demo unit running what presumably is the latest build of the Firefox OS.
As far as hardware goes, it’s a low end phone with ARMv6 CPU and 256MB of RAM. Interestingly enough, it looks like FF OS will be restricted to the single core 800MHz processors at launch.
And here is the video: