Mozilla has announced a couple of new tools for netizens as a part of Firefox's Test Pilot Experiments. Firefox has been virtually missing in action because of being overshadowed by increasingly popular rival Google Chrome. The constant upgrades, and the new file transfer feature in particular hint that the makers of Firefox are not settling for now.
The debate on which is the best browser in the world is unlikely to conclude anytime sooner. While Google Chrome is arguably the most popular browser, it does get fair amount of criticism for being slow and hogging performance. Mozilla s Firefox is no stranger to similar criticism. However, the next version of Firefox could be major improvement in terms of overall performance. The new versions 55 and 56 of Firefox which are under development stage are claimed to support an insane number of tabs and still function. In one such example cited by a Firefox developer, there were a total of 1,691 tabs open on his browser which still functioned without any problems.
Mozilla has rolled out its Firefox Focus private web browser for Android users. The browser which was previously rolled out for iOS users last November, is now available for Android users. In terms of looks, design and features, the browser maintains a similar look as iOS. The Firefox Focus aims to improve browsing experience through lesser advertisement, and in-built blocking features. There are also certain added features in the Android version. The browser is already available for download over Google Play.
When was the last time you used Firefox? If you have been troubled with the slow browser experience, Mozilla has finally paid attention to the concerns with the release of the Firefox 54 update. After Google recently updated its Chrome browser, rival Mozilla has also brought in a host of changes to its Firefox browser making it hog lesser memory, and deliver a smoother and faster experience.
Mozilla Firefox may be overshadowed by the existence and popularity of Google Chrome, but the company doesn t refrain from making further developments, the latest one being the acquisition of Pocket. Mozilla has officially acquired Read It Later, Inc., the developers of Pocket. With this acquisition, Pocket will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla and will also become a part of the Mozilla open source project.Mozilla hopes the move helps increase its mobile presence and also focus on getting high quality content delivered to its users on the internet.
In a bid to create awareness about Odd-Even formula and to highlight the importance of using folding bikes in the country, biking company Firefox has extended its support to the Delhi Government's Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme. "Odd-Even is a great concept for decongeztion of traffic and is an effective pollution control initiative. Riding bicycles to office is not only an environment friendly option but also a great fitness activity that will help people remain healthy. Folding bike TERN that can be carried along to office, gym; people internationally use such bikes to commute to office regularly and for short distances. It would be very over-whelming if people take to cycling for short distances and office travel, this trend is catching up in India," said Shiv Inder Singh, CEO, Firefox Bikes.
Free-software community Mozilla will soon end support for Firefox OS on smartphones after release of the operating system's latest version 2.6, a media report said. "We are announcing our plan to end-of-life support for smartphones after the Firefox OS 2.6 release," said the Mozilla community announcement, according to venturebeat.com. "This means that Firefox OS for smartphones will no longer have staff involvement beyond May," said the community which uses, develops, spreads and supports Mozilla products.
Mozilla has released the first public preview of its Firefox browser for iOS. According to The Next Web, the public preview is available only to the users in New Zealand. This limitation is so it can gather feedback before taking it to a few more countries ahead of any public launch.
Mozilla has launched its Firefox version 40 with improved Windows 10 compatibility. According to the Engadget, the changes are done to bring the browser in proportion to Windows 10's design and make it easier to use on a touchscreen.
Adobe has released an update to its Flash Player plug-in for Windows, Mac and Linux. According to thenextweb.com, the update fixes critical flaws that places users' systems at risk due to unwarranted and unexpected intrusions.
Mozilla has blocked all vulnerable versions of Adobe Flash in its Firefox browser after numerous critical security flaws were discovered in the platform.
Mozilla has launched Firefox 38 with HTML5 DRM (Digital rights management support). According to the TechCrunch website, the new browser Firefox 38 supports the Encrypted Media Extensions API on Windows desktop and automatically downloads the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM).
Mozilla has announced flip and slider phones at the Firefox OS press event that will be most likely launched in 2016.
WhatsApp last month launched WhatsApp Web, but the feature was limited to only Chrome browser. Now however the company has expanded its compatibility to Firefox and Opera browsers.
After testing the waters in India and a handful of other regions, Mozilla is all set to launch its Firefox OS-powered handsets in Japan. The company has partnered LG to produce a rather unique yet stylish looking smartphone. Called the Fx0, the 4.7-inch handset sports a transparent shell with the golden Firefox logo at the back. Priced at 50,000 yen (Rs 26,350 approximately), the Fx0 will be available in limited stock starting tomorrow, and will be available widely from January 6 onwards.
Yahoo has started prompting its users to upgrade to the new Firefox by displaying a link in the top right corner of the browser window. The prompt appears on Internet Explorer, Opera and even the new Yandex browser.
Mozilla has been anti-iOS since almost a year now, because of Apple's refusal to let its own web engine run on the platform. Now, after change in CEO, Mozilla's position on that also seems to have had a change of heart. Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk wrote on Twitter, We need to be where our users are so we re going to get Firefox on iOS.
Zen mobile has launched its first Firefox smartphone called the Zen U105. The smartphone is available exclusively on HomeShop 18 and is priced at Rs 1,999. With this release, Zen joins the likes of Alcatel, Intex and Spice, which too have recently launched smartphones running on Firefox OS.