Flock the popular social browser which earlier ran on the Firefox Gecko engine has dumped Mozilla for Chromium, the popular new browser which also powers Google Chrome.
The new Flock beta browser now runs on Webkit which is also part of Safari and Google Chrome. Flock which has about 8 million users has also landed a new feature where you can create a Flock account and sync your settings to the "cloud".
Users can use the cloud feature to take their accounts to any Flock browser without having to reset it again and again. Considering that most of the other browsers too have an option to sync profiles or at-least bookmarks, it made more sense to have it in the newest Flock beta too. Apart from that Flock almost remains the social browser people have known it to be.
The switch from Firefox code to Chromium will come as a big jolt for Mozilla whose internet browser Firefox’s popularity has been going down since the launch of Google Chrome. Also the team at Flock had initially worked with the Mozilla team on the Netscape project before moving towards creating Flock, so their decision to branch out Flock to Chromium will be even more bitter.
You can download the latest beta of Flock by visiting this page, more info and details are available at the official Flock blog here.
Earlier last month, Google, Mozilla and Opera announced a new competitor to the H.264 codec for HTML5, WebM. Opera had already released new builds with WebM support, and today Mozilla will be officially adding WebM support to their nightly builds.
The announcement was made by Chris Pearce a Mozilla developer working on Firefox. WebM is a welcome addition to the HTML5 family since there are only 2 codecs available right now one of which is open source and other one being proprietary.
WebM on the other hand is open source and superior than the Ogg Theora codec currently in use. WebM in itself has not been out of controversies and has also come under attack from Steve Jobs who himself support the proprietary H.264 codec.
If you haven’t yet heard about WebM or want to learn about it, read our earlier post: WebM: Why We Should Be Excited.
Excited about trying out WebM on Firefox? Head over and download the latest copy from the Firefox Nightly Build repository here. Once you have downloaded and installed the latest nightly you can experience WebM support by visiting a YouTube HTML5 experiment here.
For more information about the nightly build and instructions on doing your own build with WebM support visit Chris’s blog post here.
Up until now, Firefox lovers using a 64 bit operating system were restricted to using only the builds provided by their operating systems or, the ones they could get off the Mozilla-x86-64 project at http://wiki.mozilla-x86-64.com/X64_Build. This is going to change soon.
Mozilla has started rolling out nightly builds for Firefox on Mac and Linux and will soon start doing the same for Firefox on Windows as well. The 64 bit version is already available for Mac and Linux. The Windows version will arrive soon and the final version of the next release, Firefox 4 will see releases for both x86 and x64.
This can significantly improve the global browser-share of Firefox as people on x64 still keep struggling to get a feature rich and pluggable browser. Though, just a 64-bit build of Firefox would not do the trick as most plugins like the ones for Java and flash are available only for the 32 bit system.
The build is an experimental one and has many unresolved bugs. It can cause loss of data and of you still want to try it out, download it from the Mozilla Public FTP server.
64bit processors are the future of computing and most of the new PCs or laptops you buy have them. However, not many software available out there leverage the 64bit processor, one of them is the popular web browser Firefox.
However, there is some good news coming your way if you have a 64bit machine and love Firefox. According to Softpedia, in a recent platform meeting held on 25th May, Mozilla has indicated that the first 64bit builds of Firefox for Windows 7 will be available in the nightly trunk by the end of this week.
Right now a stable working version is not available. However, once it is, it will be available for downloads in the latest Trunk folder at Mozilla. Right now there are not many browsers which have 64bit version available. Microsoft has a 64bit version of IE8 pre-installed with a 64bit OS, however, Google Chrome and Opera do not have dedicated 64bit browsers as of now for the Windows platform.
We will notify you whenever the Firefox 64bit edition is available for downloads.
Firefox home is a browsing session syncing application for the iPhone OS. This app is based on Firefox Sync and allows access to the last browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs. This serves as an excellent session manager for web browsing and the fact that it is available anywhere makes you feel at home, so the name.
The Firefox Home app provides encrypted protection and gives us an on the fly browsing experience where we can simply catch up from the last time and place we left browsing. Even better, this app is completely free of charge and provides many awesome features of Firefox add-ons on the iPhone, where we cannot actually have Firefox, thanks for Apple.
Ragavan writes at Mozilla blog saying,
Firefox Home for iPhone is part of a broader Mozilla effort to provide a more personal Web experience with more user control. For devices or platforms where we’re unable to provide the fullFirefox browser (either technically or due to policy), we aim to provide users with on the goinstant access to their personal Firefox history, bookmarks and open tabs on their iPhones, giving them another reason to keep loving Firefox on their desktops.
The project is still under development and will soon be submitted to the iPhone app store.
Follow the project at its official Mozilla page here.
Sometime back, we had written a post on Bollywood Themes for Google Chrome browser. In this post, I have listed some nice Bollywood and Hollywood Firefox personas. Go ahead and try them out!
[For newbies: Personas for Firefox is a feature in the browser Mozilla Firefox that allows a user to select simple-to-use themes, known as “Personas,” more easily than normal themes.]
Here is a list of a few bollywood personas which you can use on your browser.
- Amrita Rao Persona for Firefox.
- Main Hoon Na
- Sharukh Khan Persona
- Desi Chick Persona
- Sharukh Khan and Kajol Pair
- Aishwarya Rai Persona
- Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
- Kareena Kapoor in Kurbaan
- 3 Idiots 1
- 3 Idiots 2
- 3 Idiots 3
- Teen Patti
Here is a list of a few Hollywood themes for your Firefox browser.
- Twilight Saga Eclipse
- Twilight Forest
- Twilight Nomads
- Twilight Bella Swan
- Twilight Eclipse 2010
- Edward Cullen
- Old Hollywood
- Megan fox Theme
- Robert Pattinson
- Avatar Neytiri
- Avatar Jake and Neytiri
- Batman Black
These were some of the themes I found attractive and appealing. There are still a lot of them. You can go ahead and choose anyone you want here.
Don’t forget to share your thoughts on these themes through your comments.
Word have been spreading around that Ubuntu is replacing Firefox with Google Chrome for Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This “news” seem to have started out with a post at ubergizmo, which TechCrunch picked up and then posted (refering to Ubuntu Netbook Edition with the no-longer-in-use name Ubuntu Netbook Remix). With Neowin too joining in with a post today, it is spreading like wildfire.
However the truth is that it is not Google Chrome which may replace Firefox; it is Chromium. (We wrote about it four days ago.)While Google has released most of the Chrome code to the Chromium Project, Chrome still has some closed-source codes and come packaged with proprietary software (Flash). Anyone with even a slight understanding of the Ubuntu Philosophy (and Licensing) would understand that Ubuntu can never have Google Chrome as a default application.
Two days ago, when this misinformation has just started spreading, Ubuntu Developer Jorge Castro wrote a blog post clarifying that it is not Chrome but Chromium that they are considering as a replacement for Firefox in UNE 10.10. Unfortunately his message did not go through. This is what he wrote:
I’d like to clarify some things about our session on default applications and Chromium.
- Chrome and Chromium are not the same thing. Chrome is a non-free build of the Chromium project.
- It is impossible for us to ship Google Chrome as a default web browser without compromising our beliefs. You can read more about our licensing and how that relates here.
I hope that clears things up, you’ll be hearing more updates in the usual development channels from the Desktop team as the cycle progresses.
Hopefully, this post in clears things up. :)
Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s Director of Firefox has recently made an announcement outlining a vision for Firefox 4 in a recent blog post.
This can as well be called an early product plan and he introduces it with the lines,
Today, I presented an early product plan for Firefox 4 to the Mozilla community (live, over the web!) to share our vision for the next version of Firefox, and what projects are underway to realize it. Then I invited everyone to get involved by joining our engineering or product development efforts.
The primary goal of Firefox 4 development will be according to Mike, making Firefox “super-duper fast”. Other features which they are aiming at are enabling new open web standards and allowing more user control over the browser and their browsing.
To better understand this, you can see the slide presentation Mike has prepared on his blog.
Now getting to the goals, open web standards and user control are already increasing day by day on Firefox. Firefox is quick to adapt to new web standards. Though, one thing to watch out for is how and by how much they are improving Firefox in terms of speed and making it super-duper fast as claimed. Firefox 3.7 is expected to become Firefox 4.0 by the end of this year.
Account Manager is the latest and most promising feature being developed at Mozilla Labs. Now, Mozilla Labs has finally released an Alpha version of its Account Manager as a Firefox add-on. This nifty feature allows us to manage login and signup on websites without disrupting our current browsing session. You can read more about Account Manager at this earlier post on Techie Buzz.
The basic concept behind account manager is to allow users to simplify the process of signing in and out of your web accounts. Once you install the add-on you will see a key sign next to the location bar. Clicking on which will show you an option to connect to the current site.
Different websites have different login/logout methods. Account Manager on the other hand, simplifies the login and logout process by providing a kind of a grand unified login procedure user interface. The feature announced last month is now active and can be downloaded as a Firefox add-on in the alpha version. Though, Mozilla has assured that Account Manager will make it to Firefox integration soon. Currently, Account Manager supports Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Mozilla Add-ons, Mozilla Bugzilla, and GetPersonas.com. (Via: Mozilla Links)
Earlier today, Mozilla dropped the first public build of Fennec for the Android platform. Fennec is the codename of Firefox for mobile, which is also available for Nokia’s Maemo operating system.
It is still early days for Fennec on Android. The released build is merely a pre-alpha and in the words of Vladimir VukiÄ‡eviÄ‡ should be considered “a debug build”.
For the moment, Fennec requires Android 2.0 (or newer) operating system, with OpenGL ES 2.0 compatibility being recommended. Moreover, Fennec has only been tested on the Nexus One and Motorola Droid. Some of the other caveats described in Mozilla’s official announcement are:
- It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
- Memory usage of this build isn’t great — in many ways it’s a debug build, and we haven’t really done a lot of optimization yet. This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
- You’ll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we’re working to get rid of it.
- You can’t open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
- This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.
If you are feeling adventurous you can download the pre-alpha build from here.