September, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Safari – Up; Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera – Down
Starting with Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser continues to edge higher, up from 57.60% to 57.80% (0.2 point increase).
Claims hundreds of improvements.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 1.1, which, among various performance improvements (faster application load times and faster scrolling), also includes a bunch of new (and much needed) features.
For example, you can now send and receive MMS messages, save content from the browser; enjoy keyboard improvements (auto correct), see dialer suggestions, import Gmail and Hotmail contacts and more.
The future is now.
If you’ve already downloaded the latest nightly build of Firefox 27 then there’s one additional feature that you can explore. While not enabled by default, Mozilla has included its Adobe Flash Player replacement called “Shumway”, which uses the magical powers of HTML5 to render SWF content without native code assistance.
While it’s still pretty much unusable at this point, you can still enable it by heading to about:config, looking for “shumway.disabled” and setting it to false and disabling Flash in Tools > Add-ons.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
Windows users rejoice.
If you’ve been using Apple’s iCloud service on Windows but found a lack of Firefox and Chrome bookmarks support disappointing then good news because this is exactly what the recent update includes.
Yes, you can finally sync all major browser bookmarks (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome) on your PC’s.
Recently, Mozilla has released the Beta version of Firefox 25 for Android, which features some UI improvements and obviously, new features.
Thanks to a newly added guest browsing feature, you can now log out of your current Firefox session and switch to another mode, which will protect your private data (history, bookmarks, etc.) and delete the data that was collected during guest browsing session when it’s ended.
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.