Reminds us of something from the 90s.
A new leak from BGR has brought us the very first screenshot of Microsoft’s new web browser codenamed Spartan. As you can see from the picture below, it is extremely minimalistic and ugly.
According to the report, in September Microsoft has assigned a dedicated team to work on Spartan and it has been doing so ever since. While details remain scarce, I is known that there were a total of three UI redesigns with last one being done in late December. The good news? This is the second and not the third version of the user interface, which leaves us some hope that it won’t look as atrocious as it does in the leaked screenshot.
The future of mobile phones.
If you really wanted to play with a variety of different operating systems and actually test them for more than just a few minutes then Alcatel might have almost exactly what you are looking for.
Fx0 is its name.
If you always dreamed about the transparent phone and read all these fake iPhone X rumors that it’s finally coming just to be disappointed every single time, good news, you might have it if you live in Japan or know someone who does.
Thanks to the recently released video, it looks like someone got their hands on the LG Fx0 phone (which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka) running Firefox OS 2.0 and unlike other phones with Mozilla’s operating system, this one has higher than average specs (price as well), these are:
Spartan is the new IE.
Now here’s a shocker for you just before the year ends. According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is working on a new, light weight web browser for Windows 10 and there won’t be Internet Explorer 12.
Instead, a browser codenamed “Spartan”, which feels and behaves more like Chrome and Firefox, will replace Internet Explorer (although Windows 10 will still ship with IE11 for compatibility reasons) and will be available for both desktop and mobile devices.
Proves to be utterly pointless.
Remember the infamous browser ballot screen? The one that was initiated by the Opera Software in 2009 when it complained to the EU? Then the $731 million fine when Microsoft messed up?
Well, the agreement between both sides has now expired and Microsoft will no longer ask users to pick their web browser.
Now available for general public.
It looks like guys at UC Browser are not taking any breaks and keep pumping one release after another. Latest in the list is the GA release of UC Browser 4.2, which brings a lot of new and neat features, including:
- Cortana integration (voice control)
- Downloads to the SD card,
- A brightness control for the night mode and tons of them in general: nigh mode, speed mode, text only and more
- Picture password
- Smart Downloading, which means that even when you lock the screen, it will continue
- Desktop mode
Just before Christmas, guys at Opera Software have released the final version of Opera Coast 4.0 for your iPhone or iPad. If you need a reminder on what it is, basically, a new web browser that specializes on gestures with all the bars and buttons eliminated.
So what’s new in this build? A news feed, which can be accessed by swiping down; sharing, a support for Opera Turbo and in case you have iOS 8 installed, a support for Apple’s Handoff technology, allowing you to continue browse where you left off (iPhone > Mac, etc.).
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.