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All posts tagged "firefox"


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Do Androids Like Firefox

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 04:00 PM

http://androinica.com/2011/08/firef...gets-previewed/

"When I interviewed the head of Mozilla’s mobile division, I asked why there wasn’t yet a Firefox Honeycomb-tablet version. Thomas Arend assured me that it would arrive eventually, but noted that the company was making Firefox as fast and light as possible. He then added that the larger screen size and version advancements would allow Mozilla to “do some special things in our next version.”"

Firefox helped keep the browser wars alive and push browser technology further. However, web browsers are still a hot industry and standing still is not something any browser can really afford. While Android provides a competent browser, there is still plenty of room for competitors. While there may be some good reasons to switch from Android's default browser, I wonder if it will really be enough to drive people to change. I have seen the power of default choices and I suspect that without a good deal of marketing, Firefox faces a pretty tough uphill battle in gaining popularity.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Mozilla Has Another Option (They Hope) For You App Fans

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

http://9to5mac.com/2011/08/19/mozil...t=Google+Reader

"Apple and Google are clearly the two front-runners competing for market share in the mobile world, which is why it's no surprise we think of iOS and Android when we think of apps. With the growth of the smartphone industry also came the resurgence of native apps (thanks largely in part to Apple's App Store which still dominates the space). However, Mozilla hopes that web apps will soon mature to provide a comparable experience for end users and an even better alternative for developers."

It's no secret that some are switching to web-based versus app based access due to what they deem restrictive guidelines in the Apple App store. This would make this move by Mozilla a pretty astute one, and since it is across all platforms it would appear to be a benefit regardless of your phones operating system. The plans are for the APIs to interact with your phones address book, contacts etc so you would have the same functionality as if you were using a native app. The only difference is that it would be in your browser and would work the same on an iPhone, Android or Windows phone platform. I really don't have a preference per se, since I use very few apps that work with Internet access anyway, so if I'm using a browser or an app, as long as it functions the same why would I care? The only reason I can think of would be one of security or stability, since the apps on the iPhone go through approval process. What are your preferences? Or does it matter to you? If it does matter, I'm curious why.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Take Your Tabs on the Go With Firefox 4

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5786774/fir...-on-the-desktop

"Firefox Mobile's main goal is to eliminate the amount of typing you do on your tiny smartphone keyboard. It eases your browsing experience by adding tabs, one-touch bookmarking, and auto-hiding browser controls. You can also easily access your history, bookmarks, and open tabs from the address bar-just like in Firefox 4 on the desktop, as well as access custom search engines and one-tap sharing features."

Firefox Mobile 4 is now available in all of its glory for your Android device. One of the features that I really like that it brings to the table is tab syncing. Any tabs you have open on any of your computers which are connected to your sync server account are available on any device -- including your Android phone or tablet -- where you have Firefox installed.

Firefox is a great alternative to the built-in browser and has become my browser of choice on my Streak 7. It's fast, has all of the great features you love in the desktop version, including the aforementioned syncing, tabs, and plug-ins, and it's free for the downloading. One thing not yet supported is Flash, but HTML5 support is fully implemented and works great.

What is your Android browser of choice? Are a fan of the built-in browser or has Firefox, Opera, or Dolphin captured your attention? Let us know in the forums.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4 RC Available for Android

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/

"Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo brings the performance and customization of Firefox to mobile devices with features like Firefox Sync, Awesome Screen, tabbed browsing and Firefox Add-ons, to create a personalized and effortless mobile browsing experience."

If you're looking for a different browser than your built in one and you haven't tried Firefox for Android now may be the time to do so. The latest Firefox 4 version is better than ever. The blurb above says it all. See the full press release below via the "Read more" link. I've been using it on and off for a while. Each release gets more stable and faster. Have you tried it out? What do you think?

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