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).
If you are hungry for some answers (and PR fluff), guys at Engadget did a pretty good interview with Johnathan Nightingale, the VP of Firefox Engineering, asking about Internet Explorer (and Google Chrome) dominance, mobile gaming, WebRTC and much more.
Check it out.
June 3rd is the day.
Now here’s an interesting rumor for you. In order to “diversify its client base away from Apple”, Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) is teaming up with Mozilla to reveal “a new device” (which is likely to be a tablet) as soon as next week.
While details remain vague, we can only speculate that it’s likely to be a low end tablet aimed to compete with cheap Android devices rather than the premium products like Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Nonetheless, we are pretty excited to see the hardware assuming this rumor is true.
Mozilla isn’t too happy about it.
According to a report by Citizen Lab, Gamma International, a UK based firm that produces surveillance software (FinFisher), is tricking people into installing their spyware on their machines, which is later masked as Firefox.exe.
As noted in the Mozilla’s blog post, “when a user examines the installed spyware on his/her machine by viewing its properties, Gamma misrepresents its program as “Firefox.exe” and includes the properties associated with Firefox along with a version number and copyright and trademark claims attributed to “Firefox and Mozilla Developers.”
The best part? According to the video, it took them only 3 days to do so, thanks to asm.js and Emscripten, which first appeared in Firefox 22 Alpha.
Claims he took trade secrets to Mozilla.
Now here is a new drama for you. Apparently, Opera Software is suing one of its visionary ex-employees, Trond Werner Hansen, who joined the company in 1999 and worked till 2006, then left shortly after only to join for another year from 2009 to 2010.
Your personal information will be shared with 3rd parties.
In fact, the open source organization states that their policy is to “make Personal Information, such as your name and email address, and Potentially Personal Information, such as the URL of the site you last visited, only available to its employees, contractors, and selected contributors who signed confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from using or disclosing such information other than for approved Mozilla purposes.”
Already out of stock.
Now here is something that will make Mozilla’s Firefox OS fans happy. According to the recent report, the open source organization sold out all their phones in just a few hours.
Although Geeksphone manufactured a total of 10,000 FOS phones (mostly for Mozilla employees and other partners), only 1,000 of them were shipped, which caused the supply issues. Interestingly enough, Geeksphone founder and CEO Javier Aguera said that they were surprised at the quick reaction and the number of people who were trying to buy a Firefox OS phone.