Releasing two versions at once, Mozilla has recently revealed the final bits of Firefox 24 for both PC and Android.
Looking at the changelog, Firefox 24 appears to be mostly focused towards the mobile users, at least in terms of added functionality. When it comes to Android branch, you can expect WebRTC support, tab sharing between users using NFC and a Night mode in Reader.
In case you are using a touch based web browser, then we have some good and bad news for you. The good news: Internet Explorer 11 is coming with Windows 8.1 (which is free). The bad news? It looks like Mozilla has postponed the launch of Firefox for Metro UI until late January, 2014.
However, there are more good news at the end of the tunnel. Even though the final Windows 8 version is not coming anytime soon, Firefox 26 will include a “Preview Release”, which should work just fine.
If you are a developer that looks to get his (or her) hands on a device running Firefox OS, then the latest initiative from Mozilla might very well offer just that.
In short, Mozilla is offering devices to the developers that are interested in porting or testing the existing HTML5 apps. On a site note, you must get job done till the end of September and October, which is weeks away. In any case, head over to the following page for the registration form and guidelines.
August, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Up; Google Chrome – Down
Another month and another gain for Internet Explorer, up by 0.99 point, from 56.61% to 57.60%.
December 10th is the date.
It looks like Windows 8 users will finally be able to enjoy a touch friendly version of Firefox (for Modern UI) on their PCs and/or handhelds.
According to Mozilla’s roadmap, Firefox 26 will include a “Metro Preview Release” build, which will be pushed to Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28. Lastly, if will be released on December 10 with Firefox 26.
Grab it now.
If you are up for some bug hunting or just want to use the latest and (likely) the greatest builds, then Firefox Nightly for Android is a good candidate to consider, especially after the recent UI update, which, according to Lucas Rocha, the UI engineer at Mozilla, is “the biggest UI change in Firefox for Android” since 2012.
Starting with Firefox 26, Awesomescreen (a place where your bookmarks and history show up when you tap on the URL bar) and Start Page will be merged together, as a result, all your data (such as history, bookmarks, most viewed sites, etc.) are now aggregated in one place.
And hide watched videos.
Following the recent YouTube Subscriptions Page redesign (which is a complete mess), here’s something to make it useful again. Not only will you be able to navigate efficiently but get watched videos functionality back.
Safari 6 hides its face in shame.
It’s been a while since the last browser test and when the latest versions from all vendors are already pretty fast, why not measure something useful instead?
Well, that’s what guys from Sauce Labs did. They took a bunch of web browsers and looked at their error rate. The results? Take a look for yourself.
If you’ve been following Firefox OS for a while and want to know how exactly it’s doing in the pre-market then we have some good and not so good news for you.
The good news: ZTE Open, a Firefox OS phone (with 512MB storage, 1 GHZ SoC and 256MB RAM) has been listed on eBay for $80 and has since sold out over the weekend. What about the not so good part? Turns out, there were only around 1000 phones for the US and another 1000 for the UK market, whick makes it a mere 2000 sales. But hey, it’s a start.
Evolution, not revolution.
As if Android release wasn’t enough, Mozilla has also pushed the Beta version of Firefox 24 for the PCs. However, despite sharing the same version number, these two releases are far from identical, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
While Firefox 24 for Android included some neat features, the desktop version looks like a maintenance release. How so? Just look at the changelog, it’s pretty uneventful: