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:
Good news for all you Firefox users out there as Mozilla has just released the Beta version of Firefox 24, which packs some new features.
Following the desktop web browsers, Firefox 24 has enabled the WebRTC API by default. In addition to that, you can now share tabs using NFC, which sounds pretty awesome. Among other features that are worth mentioning is a Night mode, giving people that love to read at night something to be thankful for.
That’s not all though, here’s a full Firefox 24 Beta changelog:
No innovation, move along.
If you are using an ISP that blocks things that shouldn’t be blocked in the first place, then PirateBrowser might very well be one of the web browsers to consider.
What is PirateBrowser anyway? Basically, it’s nothing more than just a bundle (Firefox 23 and a Tor client), although The Pirate Bay also said to have included some proxy configuration to speed things up. That’s pretty much it. Also, at least for now it’s Windows only, with Mac and Linux versions coming later.
With new logo and more.
Now here’s something for all the Firefox users out there, a new final release of Firefox from Mozilla.
As reported earlier, Firefox 23 is the first stable build that includes a new logo, which was designed to look crisp and clean even on a smaller screen devices. That’s not the only change though, people that care about security will be happy to know that the non-secure content (HTTP) on a secure web site (HTTPS) will now be blocked by default, which should stop eavesdropping.