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.
July, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome – Up; Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
It’s hot as hell out there but the posts must flow (there’s a Dune reference somewhere), especially when it comes to tech news.
Kicking things of with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s big blue browser just keeps edging higher, up from 56.15% to 56.61% (0.46 point increase).
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).