Mozilla imaged an entirely new development medium for those who were interested in the Firefox OS 2.5, but weren’t willing to take the complete dive: by packaging an easy-to-install Android launcher and sending it right to you. Turns out it’s not going to be of much use to those devs anymore. In fact, the platform is now dead.
At least on the smartphone side. Mozilla senior vice president of connected devices Ari Jaaksi tweeted out the twist in Firefox OS’s legacy saying that it will focus on the smartphone web experience and divert development towards the [...]
It’s been a long time since Firefox OS has been relevant. Last time we wrote on it, it was on a fairly tacky and transparent gold-colored phone. While Firefox OS is based on Linux, the R&D team at Mozilla have been building bridges to make the operating system more accessible to existing devices rather than (the lack of) proprietary ones.
The official version 2.5 download for Firefox OS devices is ready, but there’s a developer preview available for ARM-based Android developers, too.
The Firefox blog is essentially branding this as a root-free, flash-free [...]
Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is ditching Webkit for their own Blink in the Chrome browser, and even Samsung is doing something similar by partnering with Mozilla. Then we talk Samsung again as their new US retail experience begins this month on Best Buy. We later talk some Nokia and the possibility of the Catwalk being launched on May 15th. Later we find some leaked images of a possible iPhone prototype with a curved display and curved back. We end today’s show talking about the Facebook Home Android Launcher, and also about the new HTC First [...]
If you didn’t think the browser wars had begun in mobile, think again. We were just reporting that Google is moving away from Apple’s WebKit in future versions of Google Chrome, and as it turns out, they’re not alone. This time though, it’s Samsung, and apparently what they want to do is move away from Google.
We’ve always said that Samsung only uses Android to power TouchWiz on Android smartphones, as it’s clear that the company does away with almost every aspect of stock Android on their smartphones. Now it seems that Samsung also wants an [...]
I’m not just Joe the Android Guy, I’m also Joe the Web Guy: during the day I write web pages for a local company. I’ve been in web development since 1994 and have seen a lot come and go. The biggest differences I’ve seen have been centered around web browsers. Back in the mid- to late-90’s browsers had radically different features and functionalities. Developers had to write their code for one browser or the other, or put in a lot more work to make things “pixel perfect” across the two biggies: Internet Explorer and [...]