I use Safari daily, both to test and to visit several popular websites. My experience is that it's the first to somehow lock up with even a moderate number of windows/tabs open.
There's a lot of things to like about OS X, but these days I don't think Apple's heart is in web-related stuff.
Granted I still use Firefox because I sync bookmarks to Windows, but if I could sync FF for Windows and Safari for Mac I'd switch back tomorrow. Not so keen on Safari for Windows or iCloud sync.
Ah, those days of young browsers when Firefox was called Firebird and Chrome version numbers went up by dot increments, not integer jumps. It isn't that long ago either!
For users that may still have the "Internet" app as their web default, I imagine Firefox is a better experience.
I know several people who have all sorts of browsers installed on their Android devices, but only end up using one of them frequently. The others are used for the rare site that doesn't work well in the preferred browser, but these other browsers don't see much, if any, use beyond that.
steps: Open mp4 file in Firefox 28 on Android.
actual behaviour: Shows in tiny partial window inside browser. Content is small, laggy, impossible to control, cannot be made full screen.
expected behaviour: opens with default android media player interface or asks which interface to use as per intents system.
The interface is rougher than Chrome, but it has the benefit of Sync and AdBlock.
I also like the tab-switching view better than chrome's - however, it's hard to access, which is a shame.
Ignore everything this article says about the Geeksphone Revolution, though. Geeksphone has dropped the ball so many times with that device; they seem to be pretty incompetent, to be honest. Some owners have said that the Revolution's build of Firefox OS deviates pretty far from the official one -- who knows if you'll be able to get 2.0 on it easily.
Other than that, the Keon and Peak (previous generation GeeksPhones) are the most hackable phones I ever had. Daily new builds of all versions, and easy to build custom Gecko for it. Guess they will do the same for the Revolution.
(I have Keon, Peak and Revolution)
This CNET article says testing is "due to begin in late July":
The browser still have One option on the settings screen: clear cache. That's it.
No extensions, no block js, no block or allow sites opening new windows... No
now really, those options are not useless and just for confusion, and i will argue anyone who says otherwise. most options there are for usability. Yeah, for you being able to run add-ons is just a convenient way to download movies from streaming porn sites... but for me it may be a way to run stylish and use a high contrast theme so i can actually read the sites! ...and just the fact that i have to use add-ons+stylish instead of a simple user style file like most old browsers allowed is already absurd enough.
Link is to a video of Firefox OS running on a Nexus 4.
I just tried, for experiment's sake, a dumbphone (Nokia 515) instead of my high-end large screen Android phone. And somehow I like it, not because of what it can do but mostly because what it cannot, and what kind of shackles it imposes on me.
At least now the public has heard of Mozilla and Firefox, they have hundreds of millions of users, and they have some resources.
They still have a tough road ahead. If you are reading this, and you care about the open Internet and end user control, consider helping out.
Something important to note compared to android is that android phones in this range are stuck with gingerbread and no official play store.
Android can increasingly be found on a lot of cheap, low-cost smartphones too - and there's a large established app marketplace. Firefox OS has a couple of potential advantages though. If the Firefox team can deliver on fast native performance for HTML apps, then development for the OS will be magnitudes easier (potentially) than developing for rival OSes.
User privacy is another feature where Firefox OS could easily outshine its rivals. I'd love to see a Firefox OS laptop that goes head to head with ChromeOS for example (Google's OS tracks everything you do - even printing to your desktop printer).
WindowsPhone8.1 already allow developers to use html5/js to create native apps (using winJS or any other framework) and the smartphone that sold most is the lumia520 -> the most low cost of all the wp gamma.
I hope FirefoxOS will succeed, but considering that MS is trowing literally Billions to keep wp alive, I doubt it will be easy.
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I don't know how lower you can realistically go. Is a 128MB RAM really that much cheaper from a BOM cost perspective? Does it make sense for manufacturers to create a phone equipped with 128MB of RAM?
Also, while getting base FxOS running on 128MB of RAM looks neat this doesn't say much about how the phone actually works on the Web.
But, I'd like to see FFOS do well. David against Goliath(s) sort of thing.
I bought the ZTE Open and am rooting for them.
at 70 US dollars (950 mexican pesos) it was a steal.
My father needs a phone, (his 'feature' phone went dead a few weeks ago) and that little ZTE Open Firefox OS phone is a perfect replacement.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
― Upton Sinclair
Edit: I removed by sarcastic response. I sometimes have kneejerk sarcasm to FUD now, since FUD is pretty much BS.
The FUD & BS grows the more unquestioning people become. I believe native vs web is in a context where most people believe native is the only way to have a good UX. I see it as an opportunity to get ahead while the competition is asleep at the wheel. I'm not afraid of saying this because you won't believe me anyways ;-)
I don't know why I'm explaining all of this. I really should just keep my mouth shut.
Seems continued reinvention of the wheel is popular! In fairness, it seems a great effort but I am not sure millions of OSes is a great idea, particularly not for developer effort.
>The ability to dial somebody directly from the call log.
really baffled me.