Mozilla has launched version 29 of Firefox after launching the Australis redesign nearly two years ago. This is one of Firefox’s largest redesign since it moved to a rapid release schedule a few years ago.
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Mozilla has decided to no longer push for the development of the Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser due to low usage, according to a Mozilla blog post. Mozilla was working on the browser for one and a half years.
If you are a Windows 8 user and do not likely using Internet Explorer, you will be happy to hear that a “Metro-style” version of the Mozilla Firefox browser is coming on December 10th. The developer version of the browser is expected to arrive in September.
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ZTE is going to start selling the ZTE Open Firefox phone in the U.S. soon. Interested U.S. and U.K. consumers can buy the phone through eBay for $79.99 (around £59.99 in the U.K.). The ZTE Open is currently being sold in Spain, Colombia, and Venezuela through Telefónica. The ZTE Open has a single-core Snapdragon S1 system-on-a-chip, a 3.5-inch 480×320 touchscreen, 256MB RAM, 512MB microSD-expandable storage, WiFi, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, and Bluetooth 2.1, according to Ars Technica.
The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 20 with a plethora of new features. Some of the new features embedded into Firefox 20 include per-window private browsing, a new download manager tool, and the ability to close plugins separately. Firefox 20 works Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Mozilla uploaded the new version of the browser yesterday on their FTP servers last night, but now it is available on Firefox.com. Firefox users are being notified to upgrade their browser automatically.
Mozilla has announced the first two phones that will be powered by the mobile Firefox operating system. The first Firefox-powered handset is called the Keon and it has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1GHz Snapdragon S1 CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB microSD storage, WiFi, 2G/3G, and 1580mAh battery. The second handset is called the Peak. The Peak has a 4.3-inch qHD screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, and 1,800mAh battery.
Firefox has integrated Facebook into their browser. The feature was built on a new Social API for the web. You can set up Facebook Messenger for Firefox at this link. You will also need to update to the latest Firefox browser and then visit the Facebook Messenger for Firefox page and click “Turn On.”
We first wrote about Mozilla Firefox OS back in July 2012. Mozilla is building their own mobile smartphone operating system known as “Boot to Gecko.” The idea is to allow developers to create apps close to being native using HTML5. Earlier this week Mozilla displayed the Firefox operating system running on an actual device.