Posts tagged with: Mozilla
  • by | April 9, 2014 5:45 PM

    Back in February during the Mobile World Congress, Mozilla was busy talking about what's next for its Firefox OS, an alternative to mainstream smartphone platforms we saw debut on its first hardware last year. The company talked about changes to how apps would launch, re-worked gesture inputs, and basically an overhaul to the platform's interface as we knew it. It's still a while before we'll see any new phones running this Firefox OS 2.0, but this week we catch a bit of an early preview, with the publication of a number of images depicting what to expect. Taking inspiration from the likes ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 2:57 PM

    Delivering apps as web services, rather than natively-packaged code, can have a lot of appeal to developers: it can streamline distribution (including that of updates), allow you to reach users across platform boundaries, and speed development time. That's not to say that web apps aren't without their own set of problems, and one such issue has concerned just how we interact with these apps on our smartphones: sure, we can pin a bookmark to a web app on our home screen, but then what about the app drawer? And how would the web app look when we're trying to switch between open apps? Last ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 4:01 PM

    Firefox OS didn't really make any big waves when it arrived last year, but despite an underwhelming start, the platform has some nice momentum to it, and with some crazy low-cost handsets on the way in 2014, its chances are looking up. Quite a few OEMs have shown interest in Firefox OS to one extent or the other, a list that includes Sony. While Sony hasn't released any stand-alone Firefox OS device, last winter we saw the company release an experimental ROM for its Xperia E – and that alone is a heck of a lot more than many manufacturers have done. This year it continues showing ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 3:40 AM

    Firefox OS has been in and out of the headlines over the past couple of years; at the 2013 MWC we went hands-on with the Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open, while there were definitely other phones powered by the browser-based operating system, like the Alcatel One Touch Fire. However, there was little to get excited about then, and the same can be said about the recent past. According to Cnet, Firefox is planning a presence at this year's upcoming MWC 2014. Not only that, but the report mentions an upcoming press release meant "to spread its message like wildfire, and to show off its latest ...

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  • by | January 29, 2014 3:52 PM

    A bit over a month ago, we heard about a really interesting smartphone being worked on by the team at Geeksphone. You may recall the brand from its very early efforts into Firefox OS handsets, and this time it was returning to feature the upstart OS, but with a compelling twist: the phone would also be capable of running Android. We heard about a few specs back then, like a 4.7-inch qHD screen (quarter, not quad, mind you) and a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom SoC. Now we're finally getting a look at the phone itself, learning some additional hardware details, and hearing more about the ...

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  • by | January 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    CES 2014 brought with it some news of what's next for Mozilla and Firefox OS, including the platform making its way to televisions (webOS-style) as well as tablets. The company shared just such a tablet design, and offered a few initial specs, but this week the full picture finally emerges, as we get our hands on the details behind the first Firefox OS tablet. Like some of that early Tizen hardware we've mentioned on occasion, this Firefox tablet is intended specifically for developer use; don't count on seeing this hardware available in stores. That said, it still may be able to give us ...

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  • by | December 19, 2013 10:42 AM

    We're less than two short weeks away from the end of 2013 and it's hard to deny that this year has been a pretty great one for smartphones. Sure, some players struggled more than others, but the industry's in a stronger, more mature, and just more interesting place than it was a year ago. For all the progress that's come our way, though, I wonder if we're not missing out on even bigger and better things. Because as much as the landscape has grown, we're still dealing with a small group of players, and an even more select group of the really big boys, the devices from which simply dominate ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 5:35 PM

    Mozilla's Firefox OS is out there on the scene, but it's yet to really make its impression felt. There are plenty of reasons we can come up with for why it's not bigger than it is, but let's face it: it's going to be an uphill battle for any of these platform upstarts to play with the big boys. At least one of the factors that may be keeping some users away from Firefox OS has been the hardware, none of it coming from from really big names. Sure, there's ZTE, but that's hardly a household name in the West. Earlier this year, we heard an LG exec discussing his company's interest in ...

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  • by | September 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    Mozilla's Firefox OS often finds itself mentioned in the same sentence as platforms like Sailfish and Ubuntu Touch, but unlike those systems, where we're still waiting to see how the smartphone-buying public will respond, Firefox OS is already out there. This year saw the start of sales for devices like the ZTE Open, and while modest, ZTE is apparently happy enough that it plans to move forward, sharing news of a more powerful Firefox OS smartphone due next year. While none of the first generation of Firefox phones really screamed "high-end," the ZTE Open was one of the worse equipped ...

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  • by | September 11, 2013 4:40 PM

    It's far from the most popular browser out there, but tens of millions of users have still downloaded Mozilla's Firefox for Android. All those people might want to be thinking twice about the sites they visit tonight, upon news arriving of a remote exploit for the browser going up for sale on the black market. When Firefox for Android attempts to connect to a compromised server, this exploit can make the browser download and open a file without any interaction from the user. If sideloading is enabled, those files can include APKs, in which case it can just be a simple matter of tricking ...

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  • by | July 1, 2013 3:24 PM

    Geeksphone may have gotten the ball rolling for Firefox OS with its developer preview hardware, but when it comes to proper commercial retail hardware, ZTE will be the first to introduce many users to the platform, in the form of its ZTE Open. While curious to see how the OS will fare, we've been a little down on the Open itself (like many of these other early FFOS phones) due to its seriously low-end hardware. Now, that's not necessarily saying that the phone won't be up to the task, but ZTE would sure need to give the handset a price tag to match its stature. Thankfully, it look like ...

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  • by | May 28, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Mozilla Firefox OS and its probable arrival into the tablet market next week. Then it's all about the iPhone 5S as it seems that the display on this device will have more pixels than the current one. The Samsung Galaxy Note III follows as it could adopt some optical image stabilization as part of the camera technology included. LG is next as the company has released the white variant of the Nexus 4 ahead of the rumored launch. We end today's show talking about the rumors that Google's future Nexus smartphone may not be made by LG. All this ...

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  • by | May 28, 2013 2:43 PM

    Earlier this year, we learned the details on the first wave of smartphones running Mozilla's Firefox OS. The big push should get started this summer, when we'll first be seeing handsets running the new platform go up for sale in Europe. So far, a number of companies have shown interest from less renowned OEMs like Alcatel or ZTE to even manufacturers like Sony, providing an experimental ROM for re-purposing one of its Android models. What we haven't heard much about has been Firefox on tablets, nor of Firefox OS hardware from Mozilla itself. All that could be about to change on June 3. ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    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 which will be the ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    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 alternative to the Google Chrome browser by ...

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