The Mozilla Mobile Blog

News, notes and ramblings from the Mozilla Mobile Project.

New Firefox Available: Enhanced Look, Enhanced Browsing

Our accelerated release schedule means there’s another new version of Firefox for mobile out now. And to go along with that acceleration, this one has faster start-up times and updates to the interface that make everyday browsing streamlined and sharp.

Enhanced Tablet Experience
Enjoy better browsing with optimized fonts, interface elements, buttons and more. And that’s just the tip of tablet iceberg. There are lots more enhancements to come. For now, find out if your tablet is compatible.

New First-Run Experience
The browser starts faster and uses less memory so you can get to your home page quickly and start learning about features right from the side panel with the new Discovery Guide.

Higher Quality Images
On many devices, you’ll see crisper text, faster rendering and less pixelation when zooming. It’s like your eyes got an upgrade.

Visual Refresh
The browser is now better integrated into the most recent Android operating system (called Gingerbread), so the overall look and feel is smoother.

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London Ice Cream Truck Moved to June 27-29

Due to weather, we moved the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck to this coming Monday through Wednesday, June 27-29 from noon to 6pm. Follow @mozmobile to discover our location each day!

Since March, the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck has cruised through the US cities of Austin, Los Angeles and New York serving free, community-named gourmet ice cream and talking to folks about Firefox for mobile. It’s been fantastic to interact with each and every visitor, answering questions, demoing Firefox for Android and Firefox Home for the iPhone, helping folks download and eating free sweet treats!

Due to its great reception, we’re proud and excited to finally be taking Firefox Gone Mobile across the pond! Each day we’ll be spreading the Firefox cheer, handing out swag and talking up Firefox for mobile! Not to mention, passing out free ice cream with flavors that include:

  • Mozilli Vanilli - Vanilla Bean with a Choccy Chip
  • Tipsy Fox - Rum and Raisin
  • Chilla from Mozilla - Refreshing Cherry Sorbet
  • Foxy Tennis - Luscious Wimbledon Strawberries & Cream

Our locations may change multiple times a day, so follow us at @mozmobile and be sure to look out for #fficecream on Twitter. If you’re the type that likes to plan ahead here’s an idea of where we may be kicking off each day:

  • Monday – Covent Garden, Bloomsbury
  • Tuesday – Soho Square, Hyde Park
  • Wednesday – Hoxton Square, Shoreditch

We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the day so bring a friend or co-worker, get a hug from The Firefox himself, (maybe a t-shirt too!) and learn more about Firefox for mobile. See you there.

Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck Going to London, June 15-17

Since March, the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck has cruised through the US cities of Austin, Los Angeles and New York serving free, community-named gourmet ice cream and talking to folks about Firefox for mobile. It’s been fantastic to interact with each and every visitor, answering questions, demoing Firefox for Android and Firefox Home for the iPhone, helping folks download and eating free sweet treats!

Due to its great reception, we’re taking Firefox Gone Mobile across the pond! Next week, June 15-17, we’ll be driving the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck around London from from 12-6pm each day, clad with great swag and our famous, community-named ice cream creations. (Have you tried the Mozilly Vanilly or The Awesome Bar?)

To find out where we are each day, follow us @mozmobile and be sure to look out for #fficecream on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the  day so bring a friend or co-worker, get a hug from The Firefox himself, (maybe a t-shirt too!) and learn more about Firefox for mobile. See you there.

Featured Mobile Add-ons: Clear Mobile History and Cleary

This featured mobile add-ons round-up focuses on giving you more privacy and control over your preferences and settings.

Firefox for mobile users have been asking for ways to clear their private data and history, and these two add-ons help you do just that. I’m featuring both of them as they have similar but different functionality, so pick the one that’s right for you.

Clear Mobile History does exactly what it means. Install this (restartless!) add-on and add a “Clear History” button to the Firefox preferences. This way you can manually select this option at your discretion.

 

Cleary gives you a bit more fine grained control over your data. This add-on creates a sub page for clearing small sets of preferences for certain time durations. It also adds an option for “Clear On Shutdown” which is a handy way of clearing that history, even when you forget!

These easy to use and helpful mobile add-ons are a great step toward giving users more security and privacy features over their Firefox for mobile oasis. Enjoy!

The Spark Results Are Here!

The Spark game has come to a close for now. Over the last 8 weeks, Firefox for mobile supporters around the globe have been sharing Firefox, unlocking levels and earning badges. Out of this game emerged Super Sparkers, top countries sparked  and much more.  See where the sparks flew and check out the results! Highlights include:

  • 159 Countries Sparked
  • Over 4,000,000 site visitors
  • Over 40,000 badges earned

From the Spark site, be sure to take a look inside Firefox for Android and check out all the great features it has to offer! Thanks for everyone for participating in Spark and supporting the flame of the open Web glow bright!

 

 

New Featured Mobile Add-on: Twitter Address Bar Search

Great news! Twitter has released an add-on for Firefox that brings Twitter search to the Firefox Awesome Bar on both desktop and mobile.

 

The Twitter Address Bar Search add-on makes it easy to complete Twitter searches in Firefox. With this new featured mobile add-on, you can discover more relevant Twitter search results directly from the Firefox Awesome Bar when you’re on the go.

 

From the Awesome Screen, tap the Awesome Bar and you can search for #hashtags and @usernames by entering the searches directly into the Awesome Bar. Twitter Address Bar Search works with  the latest version of Firefox for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and, of course, on Android.

 

To install from Firefox on your Android device, swipe to the left, tap on Browser Tools, go to your Add-ons Manager and select Twitter Address Bar Search from the list of featured add-ons. Enjoy!

 

Share Your Spark to Win a Firefox 4 Launch Shirt!

The Spark has traveled to 145 countries and 6 continents, plus thousands of levels have been unlocked and tens of thousands of badges have been earned. Which badges have you earned?

To reward our top badge earners, we’ll be contacting those who have successfully shared Firefox for mobile 13 or more times and earned themselves the “The Baker’s Dozen” badge with a coveted Firefox 4 Launch T-Shirt. Reward recipients will be contacted by Friday, May 6, so there’s still time to earn that shirt!

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Share your unique URL via email, SMS and your social networks to earn more shares, unlock levels and get that badge
  • Share your unique QR code directly with others, phone-to-phone or be printing out your unique poster

Keep lighting up the globe and earning badges for more chances to win. Your support of Firefox for mobile is a huge steps towards the fulfillment of the Mozilla mission. Keep it up and let’s celebrate the journey of the open Web!

What’s New in Spark
We’ve made some recent updates to Spark that you’ll want to know about:

  • Want to share Spark with your friends even if they don’t have a mobile phone? Now you can sign up to play spark on your desktop. Get started!
  • During setup, you can more easily Boost Your Spark by sharing the city nearest to you and identify who sent you their Spark in order to earn some awesome badges
  • Check out the brief FAQ we’ve added in case you have any questions along your way


Newly Recommended Mobile Add-on: Foursquare

Start checking in and earning badges without even leaving the browser! We’re pleased to recommend foursquare’s mobile add-on for Firefox. With the Foursquare add-on, you can add places to your foursquare to-do list, or easily check-in from within your browser. foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards wherever you go.  All good stuff.

Speaking of checking in and earning badges, follow @foursquare, @mozmobile and @coolhaus while we take on the Big Apple Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 2. The Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck will be in secret and surprise locations around NYC from 12-4pm each day. Come by, check-in and earn an awesome badge and sweet treats!

Phony Featured in Rock Your Firefox

Seeing content designed for the desktop when browsing on your mobile? Seeing slimmed down mobile sites when you want to interact with the full site on your mobile or tablet? Firefox for mobile’s restartless add-on, Phony, lets you easily choose exactly how you want to view websites, regardless of the device you’re using. Read the complete Rock Your Firefox post here.

Whether, you’re on a tablet, desktop, iPhone or Android you can use Phony to select the user agent of your choice. Phony gives you the best of all mobile worlds, and you can update your user agent on the fly.

Get Phony on Firefox for mobile by selecting the Add-ons manager and selecting it from the list of recommended add-ons. Just install the add-on (and you don’t even need to restart), go to your Preferences and select ‘User Agent’ to change your settings to masquerade around as the device of your choice. Enjoy!

New Recommended Add-on: Adblock Plus!

It’s finally here folks! The loved and highly acclaimed Adblock Plus for mobile!

Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web on your phone.

Watch this short video to lsee it in action. (The example takes place on a desktop, but the same can be achieved on your Android.) Enjoy!