The First Browser Dedicated to Developers is Coming

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At Mozilla we know that developers are the cornerstone of the Web, that’s why we actively push standards and continue to build great tools to make it easier for you to create awesome Web content and apps.

When building for the Web, developers tend to use a myriad of different tools which often don’t work well together. This means you end up switching between different tools, platforms and browsers which can slow you down and make you less productive.

So we decided to unleash our developer tools team on the entire browser to see how we could make your lives easier.

We’re now ready to give you a sneak peek of the first browser dedicated you as a developer:

We’ve redesigned the browser by looking at it through a completely new filter to put developers’ interests first. It’s built by developers for developers so you can debug the whole Web, allowing you to more easily build awesome Web experiences. It also integrates some powerful new tools like WebIDE and the Firefox Tools Adapter.

Soon, we’re going to bring you more, a lot more, in a package that you deserve as a builder for an independent Web.

Get ready to spread the word (#Fx10) or sign up for our Hacks newsletter here to be emailed as soon as the browser is available.

We can’t wait to share it with you on November 10th.

The Web as a Commercial Platform for Games Gathers Momentum

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Mozilla has helped pioneer technology that has set the Web up as a serious platform for distributing and developing games. Recently, we have seen considerable momentum from the games industry exploring the potential of Mozilla-pioneered technologies like WebGL and asm.js, that enable high quality games to run inside your browser without the need for plugins.

We want to give you an update on some of these developments.

1. WebGL Now On All Modern Browsers

WebGL is now available on all modern browsers with iOS 8 and desktop Safari being the most recent to have it on by default. Developers can confidently rely on the availability of WebGL regardless of the user’s choice of browser, across all major desktop and modern mobile platforms. WebGL’s ubiquity means that billions of users now have the ability to see rich 3D content on the Web. Here’s an idea of what WebGL everywhere can mean for game developers:

2. More Opportunities for Developers to Make Money

Humble Bundle, one of the real innovators in game distribution, recently brought eight hugely popular Indie games including the award-winning FTL directly to Web users. Over two weeks, 90,000 Bundles were purchased, generating half a million dollars. These results are evidence that the Web is a major opportunity for developers to expand their reach and stand out in today’s highly competitive market. One of the games in the Bundle was Aaaaa!. Its developer, Owlchemy Labs, was able to port its games to the Web using Unity 5 with its WebGL and asm.js exporter, which is free and included in the recently released pre-order Beta.

Epic Games also recently announced a new pricing structure for Unreal Engine 4 which includes WebGL and asm.js export at no additional charge, and more recently announced that it was free for students. Check out the Strategy Game below, one of UE4’s recent demos which runs in the browser without plugins at near native speed. Click on the image to play the game – we think you’ll enjoy it.

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Another sign that the Web is taking off as a platform for gaming is that Marmalade, the game development tool behind the popular ‘Plants versus Zombies’ is pushing the boundaries of the mobile Web by adding support for Firefox OS in their Marmalade Web product. Marmalade is also investigating support for Emscripten with Mozilla, which will enable developers to take their C++ games and target Firefox OS-powered phones and Firefox on desktop.

3. Advances in Web Gaming Technologies and Tools

In the run up to the 10th anniversary of Firefox, we have released a preview of our upcoming browser dedicated solely to developers. It’s molded to how you work and allows you to debug the whole Web whether targeting mobile or desktop across many different platforms. It’s great for game developers, because it includes new tools like: Canvas Debugger, Shader Editor and Audio Editor to make game creation easier.

asm.js is showing promising signs of being accelerated across the Web. Microsoft recently announced it was considering optimizing Internet Explorer for the JavaScript subset. Arewefastyet.com has been tracking the performance of asm.js code across browsers and advancements are being made across the board. These show that asm.js code is efficient across all browsers but remains fastest in Firefox.

For a further speed boost in computationally intensive code, a prototype of our upcoming SIMD.js support has been added to Firefox Nightly, which is being worked on as part of a proposed standard.

4. New Benchmarks: ensuring top performance

To help browser makers and game developers offer the best plugin-free gaming experience possible, Mozilla has developed its Massive benchmark suite which measures important aspects of asm.js performance on large, real-world code bases. Massive can help browser vendors track their performance over time and point to areas where improvements are needed, and for developers it provides a simple way to get an idea of how fast asm.js execution is on a particular device and browser.

Leading game engine provider Unity has also recognized the need for real-world benchmarks, creating their own asm.js and WebGL benchmark. Along with Massive, these two benchmarks will offer browser makers powerful tools to help optimize their browsers for asm.js and WebGL content.

All of these efforts are laying the foundation for high performance games and applications to run in the Web without the considerable adoption friction associated with plugins. This work is providing the opportunity for game developers to deploy much richer experiences to the 2.8 billion people surfing the Web. The Web is becoming a far more vibrant platform and we are starting to see the first signs of industry exploring the potential that has now been unlocked.


Editor’s Note:

We’ll be demonstrating a lot of the technologies mentioned in this post at GDC Next this week, so why not come and see us at booth #317 and we will be happy to help guide you in getting your game on the Web.

MozFest 2014 begins today

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Today marks the beginning of the fifth annual Mozilla Festival, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the open web.

More than 1,600 participants from countries around the globe will gather at Ravensbourne in East London for a weekend of collaborating, building prototypes, designing innovative web literacy curricula and discussing how the ethos of the open web can contribute to the fields of science, journalism, advocacy and more.

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Introducing the 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows

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The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships bring together developers, technologists, civic hackers, and data crunchers to spend 10 months working on open source code with partner newsrooms around the world. The Fellowships are part of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. During their fellowship year, the Fellows collaborate with journalists to build the tools news organizations need to thrive on the open web. Continue reading …

Mozilla and Telefónica Partner to Simplify Voice and Video Calls on the Web

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Mozilla is extending its relationship with Telefonica by making it easier than ever to communicate on the Web.

Telefónica has been an invaluable partner in helping Mozilla develop and bring Firefox OS to market with 12 devices now available in 24 countries. We’re now expanding our relationship, exploring how to simplify communications over the Web by providing people with the first global communications system built directly into a browser.

There are many free communications services, but you have to register for an account and also give up your personal information in exchange for the right to use them. Our experiment in Firefox Beta requires none of this. It makes it simple to communicate with your friends and family because you don’t have to sign-up for a service, or have the same browser, software or hardware as the person you want to call. Continue reading …

Play Awesome Indie Games Directly in Firefox Including the Award-Winning FTL

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Today, we’re announcing a promotion with Humble Bundle, one of the real innovators in game distribution, that brings eight hugely popular Indie games including the award-winning FTL directly to Firefox users. This promotion only runs for two weeks, so jump straight into the action here!

Mozilla has been able to unlock the Web as a viable commercial platform for gaming, by creating new technologies that deliver graphically rich, high-performance games to players without them having to endure lengthy downloads. With just a link to get directly into a game, it’s easier for players to try before they buy and for developers to share their games across the Web using social media. Continue reading …

Send videos from Firefox for Android straight to your TV

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We make Firefox for Android to give you greater flexibility and control of your online life.          We want you to be able to view your favorite Web content quickly and easily, no matter where you are. That’s why we’re giving you the option to send supported videos straight from the Web pages you visit in Firefox for Android to streaming-enabled TVs via connected devices like Roku and Chromecast. Continue reading …

Firefox OS Shows Continued Global Growth

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Firefox OS is now available on three continents with 12 smartphones offered by 13 operators in 24 countries. As the only truly open mobile operating system, Firefox OS demonstrates the versatility of the Web as a platform, free of the limits and restrictions associated with proprietary mobile operating systems.

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Three new smartphones have been launched in India and one in Bangladesh over the last few weeks, offering not only more affordable choice but the advent of a brand new ultra low-cost category.

Firefox OS is now available in Central America through Telefónica with launches in El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and Deutsche Telekom launched the first Firefox OS devices in the Czech Republic and Macedonia.

“The flexibility and open foundations of Firefox OS give operators more choice and empower OEMs to deliver smartphones at more affordable prices,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics. “As Firefox OS continues its expansion into key growth markets such as Asia, Central and Latin America, it has emerged out of the ‘other’ category as one of the top platforms for the global smartphone industry.”

Bringing Firefox OS to Asia

  • ALCATEL ONETOUCH launched the Fire C in India, available on Flipkart.com.
  • Spice Retail Limited launched the Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 in India. The phone is available on Snapdeal.com.
  • Intex Technologies introduced the Cloud FX as the first Firefox OS smartphone in India, bringing a new device to the ultra-low cost category of smartphones. The Cloud FX is available on Snapdeal.com and also through Intex distribution channels.
  • Zen Mobile will launch a Firefox OS phone in the ultra low cost category in India in October. This will bring the number of devices for sale in that country to four.
  • Telenor via Grameenphone expanded its reach of Firefox OS phones from Europe to Bangladesh with the latest version of Firefox OS in the new GoFox F15. This includes better imaging features such as pinch zoom, HDR and a self timer.
  • KDDI recently confirmed it will release a Firefox OS phone in Japan this December. KDDI also announced the release of an app development platform consisting of the Open Web Board, an HDMI-based development stick based on Firefox OS; Gluin, an application development tool for programming the board and an idea portal for developers to share and discuss app ideas.

Expanding Through Latin America

  • In the past few months, Telefónica has brought Firefox OS to El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala with the launch of the ZTE Open II. Telefónica will also launch the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C device in Costa Rica before the end of the year, completing the Firefox OS footprint in Central America.
  • Telefónica Uruguay added three new Firefox OS devices to its portfolio: the ZTE Open C, ZTE Open II and ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire C. Telefónica customers in Colombia and Peru can now purchase both ZTE Open II and ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire C devices.
  • Telefónica will launch Firefox OS devices in Argentina for the first time before the end of the year, and with the addition of Ecuador in the coming months, Firefox OS will soon be present in all of Telefónica’s Latin American markets.
  • América Móvil, which launched Firefox OS phones in Mexico earlier this year, is committed to continue expanding its offering in Latin America.

Strengthening Presence in Europe

  • Deutsche Telekom via congstar was first to start selling ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire E devices in Germany. These are now available online at www.congstar.de and in more than 700 Telekom shops across the country.
  • Telefónica’s O2 Germany started to sell its first Firefox OS devices, the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E smartphones.
  • Telefónica via Movistar started to sell ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire C devices in Spain.
  • With the launch of the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire E, Deutsche Telekom brought Firefox OS smartphones to the Czech Republic for the first time.
  • Deutsche Telekom via T-Mobile Poland started to sell the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire E in Poland.
  • Deutsche Telekom via COSMOTE started to sell the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire E in Greece.
  • Deutsche Telekom launched the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fire C with Firefox OS in Macedonia for the first time.

“Mozilla’s mission has always been global but the successful launch of Firefox OS in Asia in the last quarter proves that this mission appeals to one of the fastest growing populations in the world,” said Li Gong, President of Mozilla. “The expansion of Firefox OS into a brand new category of smartphones, along with the continued growth of new form factors holds great promise for the adoption of open Web technology and for enabling millions more people to access the Web.”

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Launching the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Program, a Global Initiative to Recruit the Heroes of the Open Internet

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By Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation; and Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the Internet. Despite its emergence as an integral part of modern life, the Internet remains a contested space. Far too often, we see its core ethos – a medium where anyone can make anything and share it with anyone – undermined by forces that wish to make it less free and open. In a world in which the future health of the Internet is vital to democratic discourse and a free flow of ideas, we need a band of dedicated Mozilla Advocacyindividuals standing ready to protect it.

That’s why we are joining together today to launch the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program, a landmark initiative to create a worldwide community of leaders who will advance and protect the free and open Web. Continue reading …

Global Web Literacy Gets a Boost From Maker Party 2014

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Maker Party is Mozilla’s annual campaign to teach the culture, mechanics and citizenship of the Web through community-run events around the world.

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This week we celebrated the record-breaking 2,513 events in 86 countries that made up Maker Party 2014. The campaign, which officially began on July 15th and ended this week, brought nearly 130,000 adults and children together to learn valuable digital literacy skills in classrooms, libraries, cafes, and living rooms around the world. Continue reading …