If you’ve been waiting for something more specific than “sometime in 2013”, then we have some good news for you. As learned in AllThingsD conference “D: Dive Into Mobile”, first Firefox OS smartphones will be launching in June in the following regions: Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
If your country is not in the list, chances are you will have to wait till the end of 2013, unless you are from the US, in that case don’t expect any Firefox OS smartphones this year at all.
Draws inspiration from Google’s One Pass.
With the impending launch of Firefox OS, it looks like Mozilla is working on a new payment system API, which aims to simply and secure the process.
By modifying Google Wallet’s in-app purchase API, they have built a system where a payment will start and finish in the client but any further processing and notifications happen server side, which means that the payment side does not know about the product that the user has purchased.
Hopefully, it’s not made out of cheap plastic.
It seems like a new generation of rendering engines are breeding, which means pretty exciting times ahead, at least for the web browser enthusiasts like ourselves. Developers on the other hand are likely to tremble in fear.
Earlier this week, Mozilla has officially announced a new rendering engine called “Servo”, which (as we wrote back in December) is built using Rust, Mozilla’s own programming language, targeting multi core hardware.
Doesn’t want to frustrate consumers.
After reaching the point where average Joe now heavily influences the overall direction of the product, you will hear tech enthusiasts complain that companies are “dumbing down” everything just to please the masses.
Now here is a quick tip for you: if you are excited about the upcoming Firefox OS or simply have some time to burn, head over to the following link for a live blog from TheVerge, which is about to begin.
Not a fan of their blogging style? No problem, Engadget is covering event as well.
Front reminds us of the iPhone.
After demonstrating Firefox OS on a couple of unbranded and bland looking devices, Mozilla has just announced two developer preview phones, and they do indeed look better than expected.
What is more interesting though are the specs. Although it was speculated that Firefox OS will be limited to the low and/or mid-range phones, developer devices are far from slow, which is both exciting and concerning. If these devices are an exception, we wonder how will developers be able to test their apps and make sure that they run smoothly on a far less powerful phone.
Another iPad web browser.
Back in June, 2012, Mozilla has revealed their upcoming project: Firefox Junior, which, just like Opera Ice and Internet Explorer, focuses on a full page experience.
Now, according to a Polish web site Komputer Swiat, Junior will be released in the first half of 2012, giving Mozilla 4 more months to polish things up.
If you are not exactly sure what this new project is all about, check the following video.
With all kinds of news flooding the channels, thanks to the CES 2013, TheVerge had a chance to play with a demo unit running what presumably is the latest build of the Firefox OS.
As far as hardware goes, it’s a low end phone with ARMv6 CPU and 256MB of RAM. Interestingly enough, it looks like FF OS will be restricted to the single core 800MHz processors at launch.
And here is the video:
What better way to end the year than to remember and remind you about the company’s progress in 2012.
This is exactly what Mozilla did and when you combine everything together, it does look impressive. For example: did you know that Firefox got over 100 new features in less than 12 months? How about close to 20,000 enhancements?
Well, you are about to.
Aimed at the multi core machines.
Year after year we keep hearing about the new ways and techniques to enhance the overall browser performance. However, while such tweaks are always welcome, the majority of them fall in the line of evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes.