Time to switch or is it?
It’s been a while since the last NSS Labs report and as it turns out, instead of comparing malware block rates like they always do, the guys have decided to do something different: find out which browser has the best built in privacy protection.
As it turns out, Safari and Internet Explorer users are protected better than those of Chrome and Firefox (if we ignore 3rd party extensions and NSA) and here is why:
If you thought that Firefox OS for Mozilla was just a mere hobby, then could change your mind as the open source organization has just revealed a super aggressive release schedule, which is miles ahead its competitors, at least in terms of general availability cycles.
From now on, Firefox OS will receive quarterly feature updates and six weekly security updates for the previous two feature releases.
While 1.1.0 update required manual flashing, it remains to be seen whether or not Mozilla will be able to bypass carriers and push updates automatically over the air to all of its users. Otherwise, get ready for the far worse fragmentation than there currently is on Android.
June, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari – Up; Firefox, Opera – Down
New month brings new data, let’s take a look.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to do well, it has since surpassed the 56% mark, up from 55.98% to 56.15% (0.17 point increase).
Grab your Android phones (or tablets), guys, as Mozilla has recently released a new Beta version of Firefox 23, which should keep you busy for a little while.
The question is: what has changed since the last build? Smaller screen size users will be happy to know that Firefox 23 address bar (which Mozilla calls “The Awesome Bar”) will be automatically hidden when not in use, saving you some precious pixel space.
In addition to that, Firefox for Android has also received the RSS feed reader update, allowing you to quickly subscribe to your favorite web sites when visiting them (simply long tap on the Awesome Bar to do so).
New web browser benchmark results are here.
With fresh releases from almost every company, guys at TomsHardware did a series of tests on their Windows 8 machine to find out exactly, which browser should you chose if you are not tied to a specific UI or add-ons that are exclusive to one ecosystem.
Although Internet Explorer 11 is missing from action, we expect to see updated results fairly soon.
For the mobile OS that is yet to be launched, it looks like Mozilla’s Firefox OS was received pretty enthusiastically in the developer community. As it turns outs, 25% of all mobile developers have expressed their interest in Firefox OS, beating BlackBerry and Tizen devices.
In addition to that, the survey also shows a 35% interest in the HTML mobile apps, which is exactly what Mozilla is gambling on.
And this is what it looks like in a visual format:
Shadows will remain.
Now here is something uneventful yet still very worth mentioning: a new Firefox logo, which was designed with mobile in mind.
How so? According to Mozilla, it was optimized to look crisper and cleaner on devices with small screens yet would still scale really well on high resolution displays (such as qHD resolution Windows 8.1 ultrabooks and tablets).
OdinMonkey is here.
Just recently, Mozilla has released the final stable build of Firefox 22 web browser, which brings some very welcome changes and new features.
So what exactly does it bring to the table? As we mentioned earlier, Firefox 22 now has WebRTC and brilliant asm.js optimizations module enabled by default, which will bring amazing performance improvements to your web browser.
Back in 2012, Microsoft has started working on Pointer Events, a new web standard (which is already marked as a Candidate Recommendation by W3C) that would allow web sites to accept inputs from quite a few different sources, such as a touchscreen and pen, has now gained even more traction.
Just before year’s end, Microsoft released a patch that brought Pointer Events specifications to all WebKit web browsers, followed by Blink patch earlier this year.