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.
December, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
Happy New Year!
Kicking things of, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer saw its first decline in a long time, down from 58.36% to 57.91% (0.45 point decrease).
Everyone loves holidays.
If you’ve marked January 21, 2014 on your calendar as a day for the next Firefox release then you’ll have some adjustments to make. Thanks to Christmas, New Year and all that jazz, Mozilla has decided to give their employees almost two weeks off.
As a result, the next Firefox release has been pushed by two weeks, which means that the new date is: February 4, 2014.
With much improved security.
The world breathes easier as Mozilla has recently pushed Firefox 26 to the stable channel and it includes one important change: Java plugins are now disabled by default, yay! And speaking about security, Firefox’s password manager now also supports script generated password fields.
As far as other important changes go, there aren’t many. So here’s a complete Firefox 26 Final Changelog:
Basic and useless.
Despite the fact that main Firefox competitors (Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome) have implemented multi-process strategies long time ago, it looks like Mozilla was unable to figure out a right way to do so, or the priorities were not set right.
Now, according to the recent post by Mozilla’s Bill McCloskey, they have reached a point where users can try the very first Firefox Nightly multi process build. However, it’s so basic right now (one process for browser window and one process for all the tabs (instead of one per tab)) that it’s pretty sad, considering the fact that it’s been 4 years since Mozilla announced Electrolysis project.
November, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a small dip in its numbers, from 55.88% to 55.61% (0.27 point decrease).
With near final Australis UI.
If you’ve been eager to see the progress of long promised Australis UI then the latest Firefox UX Nightly might very well solve that.
In case you haven’t heard about Australis, check the video below. Basically, it’s Mozilla’s vision of streamlined and simplified user interface, which removes clutter and focuses on the details.