Counting this year’s accomplishments.
For those following Mozilla’s attempts to conquer the mobile world, it looks like Firefox OS will soon reach minor yet welcome milestone: availability in 30 countries (currently there are 14 smartphones offered by 14 operators in 28 countries). What about the sales and usage share? No numbers from Mozilla yet.
What about you? Do you plan to buy one or maybe already own one of many Firefox OS phones?
Personally, I prefer to sit back and wait for that one weird flagship like Amazon’s Fire Phone.
In case you’re waiting for one…
On the first of December, 2014, Mozilla has released the final version of Firefox 34, which appears to be the last build this year for all its channels: pre-alpha, alpha, beta and stable.
As we have learned (basically, new releases happen every six weeks), the next release cycle will start on January 12th, 2015, with the releases of Firefox 38 (central), Firefox 37 (aurora), Firefox 36 (beta) and Firefox 35 Final.
Some time ago, we reported that Microsoft was looking for a various user feedback, specially related to the user interface. Well, after collecting and listening the community, the software giant has revealed a newly redesigned F12 developer tools for Internet Explorer.
The main focus of a new design was to optimize the vertical real estate and eliminate the confusion, they claim that for this very reason tools icons were also removed and replaced with text.
And this is how it looks like:
If you are up for some beta testing or are hungry for new features then today’s latest release from Opera is what you have been waiting for, and here’s what’s new:
According to Opera, only about 5% of all its users have more than 5 tabs open at the same time, however it did not stop them from implementing an advanced user friendly feature: A tab menu, which can be accessed by clicking the the arrow icon in the right and it will list all your opened tabs!
In addition to that there are also a couple more tweaks and improvements, these are:
By market share.
Despite the fact that it was launched less than 1 and a half year ago, It looks like Google’s Chromecast has made quite an impact in the market share, for the US at least.
According to the latest data, it has overtook Apple TV to become the #2 streaming device in the US and now holds a total of 20% market share vs. Apple’s 17%.
Say hello to the Stack Overflow.
Now here’s a pretty interesting and unexpected decision from the Microsoft itself. In an effort to really please and understand web developers (as well as move everything into one place), the software giant has announced a new migration initiative, which means that from now on, all discussions related to IE development will be moved from MSDN forums to Stack Overflow.
Coming in 2015.
If you thought that web browsers are already way too complicated for today’s youth then good news: Google is with you on this one and is already working on a child version of Google Chrome.
According to Pavni Diwanji, a VP of engineering at Google, who spoke to USA Today, the search giant is focusing on an entire line of products (including YouTube, Chrome and others) that will help kids to “be more than just pure consumers of tech, but creators, too.”
Will bring few new features for web developers.
If you’ve been following status.modern.ie then this won’t exactly be new for you, otherwise, take note.
According to the recent change, the software giant has started working on three new features:
- Responsive Images (image srcset), which will take the advantage of the high resolution screens;
- New input controls for picking dates (all using HTML5 standards): day, week and month;
- A support for MAIN element, which is used to identify the main content of your app or document.
The months of declining Firefox market share might soon come to an end or at least a slow down, as according to Mozilla’s Release Manager, Lukas Blakk, has announced that after years of refusal, the open source organization is finally bringing Firefox to iOS.
He wrote, “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS #mozlandia”
Why the sudden change? While we may never know all the possible reasons, one of the key elements could be a shift in Apple’s strategy itself, where the tech giant (since the WWDC 2014) announced the availability of WKWebView for all the developers: