News has surfaced that Mozilla is working on device to compete with Google’s Chromecast and could be close to releasing the device. Powered by the Firefox OS, it appears the new streaming media device will function in a manner very similar to Chromecast even to the point of being able to work with some apps that were designed for Chromecast. » Read the rest
Had enough of stock Android on your Nexus 5? Then put Firefox OS on it. A developer over on XDA was successful in bringing a Firefox OS nightly to Google’s vanilla smartphone. There are a few minor issues being worked on, so you may want to wait just a little bit longer. Though, people are saying it can be used daily without much of an issue. The two problems have to do with the camera preview and enterprise features. But if you just cannot wait any longer, hit the source link to get started.
Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.
Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.
Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.
Geeksphone, a Spain-based OEM, will be releasing the “Revolution,” an Android and Firefox-based device on Feb. 20, just four days before Mobile World Congress.
The device will feature a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 screen, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 2MP front camera.
Its main feature, obviously being able to switch seamlessly between Firefox OS and Android, is certainly a nice addition to the device.
It can be purchased for 289 euro ($395) at launch. An early bird sale will have the phone for sale online-only for 269 euro.
We’ll keep you posted with more information as the release date approaches.
Today Firefox announced that they are currently working on an Android launcher. While they didn’t really reveal too much on its features, they did give us a screenshot giving us a small sample of what it looks like. According to the Firefox team:
Firefox Launcher for Android makes it easy to discover the content you want in any moment and is optimized for the way you use your phone. The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive.
Firefox for Android has finally received a hefty update from the folks at Mozilla today, bringing massive improvements like a built-in PDF viewer to the third-party browser. The new build, version 19, also brings native support for themes, allowing Android users to customize a large portion of their browsing experience.
While most enhancements have been made to the mobile version, desktop users will also notice a few improvements like speed improvements and lower hardware requirements. Be sure to hit the download link after the break to get in on the action. » Read the rest
Long-time Firefox users who enjoy both the desktop and mobile versions will be pleased to know Mozilla is working to keep the mobile version’s updates consistent with the desktop version. Mozilla was not the fastest developer in bringing their web browser to Android devices, but now that they have it available, they certainly seem to be moving ahead at full speed in supporting it and trying to keep it up-to-date. Yesterday they released an update to bring it up to version 16, which puts it slightly ahead of the desktop version which saw version 16 released today and updates have not yet rolled out to all users. » Read the rest
One of Android’s most popular 3rd party browsers has recently been updated and brings in some much needed speed along with a native UI for tablets. Here’s some of what you can expect:
- Native UI for tablets, including faster startup and a beautiful new Awesome Bar!
- Desktop sites can now be requested from the menu
- Even better tabs experience – now includes swipe to close
- Find in page implemented
- Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
- Bookmarks and history can now be imported from the stock browser in the Settings
The update definitely brings a better overall experience for tablet users. Panning and interacting through pages should give you a better overall experience. The update is now live and ready for consumers. Have you guys tried this new update yet? If so, tell us your experience with it!
QR code and download link will be available after the break.
Last week Mozilla teased that something big was coming this week, and just like that it’s next week. Mozilla just unveiled the new Firefox for Android. It’s been available as a beta for some time now, but it’s now official and in the Google Play Store. They say it’s “screaming fast” with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming.
To help them make Firefox two times faster than the stock browser, they created a new benchmark called Eideticker. It measures the actual Web experience and it helped them maximize speed.
As you would expect Firefox Sync brings all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, and form data to your Android phone. As with most third party browsers, Firefox for Android features tabbed browsing as well.
Last but not least, Firefox for Android supports HTML5 including the ability to play their BrowserQuest multi-player role playing game.
Hit the break for a video, download links, and the full presser
Earlier today, Twitter followers of the @Firefox account were teased with the following announcement regarding Firefox for Android:
#Firefox for #Android. Something BIG is coming your way next week.
A link included in the tweet took readers to the graphic at the top of this story showing the Android robot peeking out from behind a mobile device filled with the Firefox logo on the screen.
What could this BIG news be? Reaction to the tease appears to be subdued. Mozilla fans will likely be on the lookout next week at Google I/O and we will be on scene in case details on this BIG development emerge. We will keep an eye open for further news and report as more information is available. As a long-time Firefox user, I am hopeful Mozilla is able to make a big splash and generate some buzz around their browser on the Android platform.