Mozilla, Caribou Digital Release Report Exploring the Global App Economy

Mozilla is a proud supporter of research carried out by Caribou Digital, the UK-based think tank dedicated to building sustainable digital economies in emerging markets. Today, Caribou has released a report exploring the impact of the global app economy and international trade flows in app stores. You can find it here.

The findings highlight the app economy’s unbalanced nature. While smartphones are helping connect billions more to the Web, the effects of the global app economy are not yet well understood. Key findings from our report include:

  • Most developers are located in high-income countries. The geography of where app developers are located is heavily skewed toward the economic powerhouses, with 81% of developers in high-income countries — which are also the most lucrative markets. The United States remains the dominant producer, but East Asia, fueled by China, is growing past Europe.
  • Apps stores are winner-take-all. The nature of the app stores leads to winner-take-all markets, which skews value capture even more heavily toward the U.S. and other top producers. Conversely, even for those lower-income countries that do have a high number of developers — e.g., India — the amount of value capture is disproportionately small to the number of developers participating.
  • The emerging markets are the 1% — meaning, they earn 1% of total app economy revenue. 95% of the estimated value in the app economy is captured by just 10 countries, and 69% of the value is captured by just the top three countries. Excluding China, the 19 countries considered low- or lower-income accounted for only 1% of total worldwide value.
  • Developers in low-income countries struggle to export to the global stage. About one-third of developers in the sample appeared only in their domestic market. But this inability to export to other markets was much more pronounced for developers in low-income countries, where 70% of developers were not able to export, compared to high-income countries, where only 29% of developers were not able to export. For comparison, only 3% of U.S. developers did not export.
  • U.S. developers dominate almost all markets. On average, U.S. apps have 30% of the market across the 37 markets studied, and the U.S. is the dominant producer in every market except for China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Mozilla is proud to support Caribou Digital’s research, and the goal of working toward a more inclusive Internet, rich with opportunity for all users. Understanding the effects of the global app economy, and helping to build a more inclusive mobile Web, are key. We invite readers to read the full report here, and Caribou Digital’s blog post here.

It’s International Data Privacy Day: Help us Build a Better Internet

Update your Software and Share the Lean Data Practices

Today is International Data Privacy Day. What can we all do to help ourselves and each other improve privacy on the Web? We have something for everyone:

  • Users can greatly improve their own data privacy by simply updating their software.
  • Companies can increase user trust in their products and user privacy by implementing Lean Data Practices that increase transparency and offer user control.

By taking action on these two simple ideas, we can create a better Web together.

Why is updating important?

Updating your software is a basic but crucial step you can take to help increase your privacy and security online. Outdated software is one of the easiest ways for hackers to access your data online because it’s prone to vulnerabilities and security holes that can be exploited and that may have been patched in the updated versions. Updating can make your friends and family more secure because a computer that has been hacked can be used to hack others. Not updating software is like driving with a broken tail light – it might not seem immediately urgent, but it compromises your safety and that of people around you.

For our part, we’ve tried to make updating Firefox as easy as possible by automatically sending users updates by default so they don’t have to worry about it. Updates for other software may not come automatically, but they are equally important.

Once you complete your updates share the “I Updated” badge using #DPD2016 and #PrivacyAware and encourage your friends and family to update, too!

Why should companies implement Lean Data Practices?

Today we’re also launching a new way for companies and projects to earn user trust through a simple framework that helps companies think about the decisions they make daily about data. We call these Lean Data Practices and the three central questions that help companies work through are how can you stay lean, build in security and engage your users. The more companies and projects that implement these concepts, the more we as an industry can earn user trust. You can read more in this blog post from Mozilla’s Associate General Counsel Jishnu Menon.

As a nonprofit with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web Mozilla is dedicated to putting users in control of their online experiences. That’s why we think about online privacy and security every day and have privacy principles that show how we build it into everything we do. All of us – users and businesses alike – can contribute to a healthy, safe and trusted Web. The more we focus on ways to reach that goal, the easier it is to innovate and keep the Web open and accessible to all. Happy International Data Privacy Day!

Firefox Can Now Get Push Notifications From Your Favorite Sites

UPDATED TO CLARIFY HOW TO MANAGE PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux now lets you choose to receive push notifications from websites if you give them permission. This is similar to Web notifications, except now you can receive notifications for websites even when they’re not loaded in a tab. This is super useful for websites like email, weather, social networks and shopping, which you might check frequently for updates.

You can manage your notifications in the Control Center by clicking the green lock icon on the left side of the address bar. You can learn more about how to manage push notifications here.

Push Notifications for Web Developers
To make this functionality possible, Mozilla helped establish the Web Push W3C standard that’s gaining momentum across the Web. We also continue to explore the new design pattern known as Progressive Web Apps. If you’re a developer who wants to implement push notifications on your site, you can learn more in this Hacks blog post.

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Firefox OS will Power New Panasonic UHD TVs Unveiled at CES

Panasonic announced that Firefox OS will power the new Panasonic DX900 UHD TVs, the first LED LCD TVs in the world with Ultra HD Premium specification, unveiled today at CES 2016.

Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS are already available globally, enabling consumers to find their favorite channels, apps, videos, websites and content quickly and pin content and apps to their TV’s home screen.

Panasonic TV powered by Firefox OS

Mozilla and Panasonic have been collaborating since 2014 to provide consumers with intuitive, optimized user experiences and allow them to enjoy the benefits of the open Web platform. Firefox OS is the first truly open platform built entirely on Web technologies that delivers more choice and control to users, developers and hardware manufacturers.

What’s New in Firefox OS For TVs

Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS already have intuitive and customizable home screens that allow consumers to access their favorite channels, apps, videos, websites and content through the TV home screen. You start off with three choices of “quick access” to Live TV, Apps and Devices – and you can also pin any app or content you like to your TV home screen.

The newest version of Firefox OS (2.5) is currently available to partners and developers and adds some exciting new features. This update will be made available to Panasonic DX900 UHD TVs powered by Firefox OS later this year.

This update will include a new way to discover Web apps and save them to your TV. Several major apps such as Vimeo, iHeartRadio, Atari, AOL, Giphy and Hubii are excited to work with Mozilla to provide TV optimized Web apps.

This update will also enable Panasonic DX900 UHD TVs powered by Firefox OS with features that sync Firefox across platforms for a seamless experience across devices, including a “send to TV” feature to easily share Web content from Firefox for Android to a Firefox OS powered TV.

Firefox OS Across Connected Devices

Connected devices and systems are rapidly emerging around us. We often refer to this as an Internet of Things, and it indeed is creating a network of connected resources, very much like the traditional internet. But now it also connects the physical world, creating a possibility to enjoy and manage our environment in new and interesting ways.

To create a healthy connected device environment, Mozilla believes it is critical to build an open and independent alternative to proprietary platforms. We are committed to giving people control over their online lives and are exploring new use cases in the world of connected devices that bring better user benefits and experiences.

We look forward to continuing our partnerships with developers, manufacturers and a community that shares our open values, as we believe their support and contributions are instrumental to success. Working with Panasonic to offer TVs powered by Firefox OS is an important part of our efforts.

More information:

Firefox OS Smart TV Demo Video
Firefox OS Smart TV Images
PANASONIC DX900 News Release

Announcing Mozilla Fellow, Eric Rescorla

I am pleased to announce that Eric Rescorla has been appointed Mozilla Fellow, a vice-president level role created to recognize top technical leadership at Mozilla. This new role is a complement to the organization’s existing Distinguished Engineers award and is distinct from Mozilla’s other existing fellowship programs. As part of Mozilla’s executive leadership team, Eric will provide key technical expertise and representation for Engineering broadly in all aspects of company decision making. Continue reading …

Firefox Gives You More Control Over Your Data in Private Browsing

Today, we are giving you more control over how your data is shared in Firefox by letting you block additional trackers in Private Browsing with Tracking Protection.

en-changelist(1)We recently introduced Private Browsing with Tracking Protection to give you control over the data that third parties receive from you online. The list of trackers blocked by Tracking Protection in Private Browsing is based on the blocklist provided by our partner Disconnect.

A basic protection list is on by default in Private Browsing with Tracking Protection and it shields against many ad, analytics and social trackers. If you want increased protection from tracking, Firefox now allows you to choose a ‘strict’ protection blocklist which will block additional content trackers such as those often found in video, photo and embeddable content. Choosing this list comes with a tradeoff because Disconnect has received reports from users of some sites not working properly and in some cases being unusable, when this ‘strict’ list is used.

We are continuing to experiment and get feedback on ways to improve Tracking Protection through tests in our Nightly release channel.

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Firefox OS Pivot to Connected Devices

Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.

We will prototype this future starting right now using technologies developed as part of the Firefox OS project to give us a kick start. Continue reading …