Firefox Puts You in Control of Your Online Life

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We created Firefox to give people choice and control of their Web experience and we’re always adding more ways to personalize your Firefox. Firefox is made by a non-profit organization and a global community dedicated to Mozilla’s mission of promoting openness, innovation and opportunity online.

One way we offer more choice and control is Firefox Accounts, which provides a personalized Web experience by connecting users to services like Firefox Sync and Firefox Hello. You can use Firefox Sync to access data including passwords, bookmarks, history and open tabs across your desktop and Android devices as well as Firefox for iOS (coming later this year). Firefox Accounts is also a great way to save your Firefox Hello contacts.

Today, we’re adding a new feature to Firefox Hello and a new integration with Pocket, the popular save-for-later service. Pocket started as a popular Firefox Add-on and is now a service in Firefox Accounts that helps you save all the articles, videos and websites that you want to read or watch later, all in one place. Pocket is available in Firefox Accounts in U.S. English, German, Japanese, Russian and European Spanish while we continue to add support for more languages and features.

Firefox Hello

We’ve been developing Firefox Hello with our long-term partner Telefónica and we’re excited to share that Firefox Hello now offers screen sharing. This new feature allows the host to share a browser tab or application window while in the video conversation. You can share any website or window that you’re viewing while talking to friends, family and co-workers. It’s a great way to shop online together, collaborate on a document or just watch a cat video with a friend.

Firefox Developer Edition Adds Performance Tools

We’re also excited to share an update to Firefox Developer Edition, the only browser created for developers. This fresh release has new performance tools to make it easier to build fast, interactive websites and Web apps. You can read the blog post from Dave Camp and the Developer Tools team here and play Power Surge, a little game we created to help developers find slow JavaScript code in the game, and their own websites and Web apps.

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Open Web Device Compliance Review Board Certifies First Handsets

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Announcement Marks Key Point in Development of Open Source Mobile Ecosystem

San Francisco, Calif. – May 18, 2015: – The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB), in conjunction with its members ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Telefónica, has announced the first handsets to be certified by the CRB. The CRB is an independently operated organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem by encouraging API compliance as well as ensuring competitive performance.

The two devices are the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C and the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E. ALCATEL ONETOUCH has also authorized a CRB lab.

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First Panasonic Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS Debut Worldwide

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The first Panasonic VIERA Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS are now available in Europe and will be available worldwide in the coming months.Firefox OS Smart TV“Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI. This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market,” said Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic Corporation. Continue reading …

Update on Digital Rights Management and Firefox

Denelle Dixon-Thayer

A year ago, we announced the start of efforts to implement support for a component in Firefox that would allow content wrapped in Digital Rights Management (DRM) to be played within the HTML5 video tag. This was a hard decision because of our Mission and the closed nature of DRM. As we explained then, we are enabling DRM in order to provide our users with the features they require in a browser and allow them to continue accessing premium video content. We don’t believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it’s currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content.

Today, Firefox includes an integration with the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) to playback DRM-wrapped content. The CDM will be downloaded from Adobe shortly after you upgrade or install Firefox and will be activated when you first interact with a site that uses Adobe CDM. Premium video services, including Netflix, have started testing this solution in Firefox. Continue reading …

Orange Launches First Firefox OS Smartphones in Africa

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We are happy to share that the first Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar this week. This follows an announcement from Mozilla and Orange at Mobile World Congress 2015 that Firefox OS smartphones would be available in markets across Africa and the Middle East later this year.

“We are pleased to partner with Orange to bring the mobile Web to users in a substantial number of new growth markets across Africa and the Middle East said Andreas Gal, CTO of Mozilla. “I’m also thrilled to see how the imminent arrival of Firefox OS has created excitement in the local Mozilla communities.” Continue reading …

Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

Chris Beard

Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning.

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for leading our global marketing strategy and organization.

Jascha Kaykas-WolffJascha’s background and deep experience in product positioning, marketing strategy, and brand building make him ideally positioned to lead a strategic marketing organization that continues to build Mozilla’s global brands and influence in a highly competitive marketplace. Continue reading …

Firefox for Android Crosses 100 Million Downloads

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We’re proud to share that Firefox for Android has now been downloaded more than 100 million times from Google Play, and has always been consistently rated by users with more than 4.0 stars. From customization, easy search settings and adaptive sharing, to privacy coaching and home panel add-ons, we’ve built an experience that goes beyond browsing, to offer users greater flexibility and control over their online lives.

Firefox for Android is the most customizable mobile Web browser available, with plenty of features that help safeguard your privacy online and make it easier to get to and discover your favorite Web content faster. We’ve always been focused on delivering a product that people love and supports the values of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. By choosing to search for, download and actively use Firefox as their Android browser, our users are reinforcing Mozilla’s mission and embracing Firefox as part of their daily, mobile lives. Continue reading …

Firefox OS Arrives in South Africa

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We are pleased to announce that Firefox OS has expanded to South Africa, in partnership with MTN. Mozilla’s web-based operating system is now available through MTN on the ALCATEL ONETOUCH FIRE E device.

“We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands”, Li Gong, President of Mozilla, says. “We are excited to see MTN launching the first Firefox OS devices in South Africa, enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost.” Continue reading …

Please welcome Allison Banks, Vice President of People

Chris Beard

We’re thrilled to announce that Allison Banks is joining the leadership team at Mozilla today as our new Vice President of People.

As the leader of our global human resource team at Mozilla, Allison will be responsible, above all, for ensuring our people have what they need to help move our mission forward. Specifically, her team will develop and execute the people-related strategies and activities that will help to foster growth, innovation, and our overall organizational effectiveness. Continue reading …