Mozilla and Samsung Partner on New Mobile Browser
Mozilla today revealed that it has been working with Samsung to create a new mobile web browser from the ground up. The companies have ported the experimental browser engine, called Servo, and the still-in-development Rust programming language to the Android platform and ARM architecture. Now that they've reached this point, Mozilla and Samsung believe they can make quicker progress on this new browser, which will be built with multi-core processors and parallel computing in mind. They believe it will eventually offer a nimble and secure alternative to today's browsers. Mozilla said the Rust programming language has reached version 0.6 in recent weeks and believes that it will complete a major new version of the programming language within a year. Mozilla and Samsung are offering developers early builds of Rust and Servo so they can see what the two companies are working on. Mozilla didn't say when it expects a 1.0 browser to come out of the partnership.
Mozilla Testing Firefox Browser for iOS
Mozilla has released a public preview of its Firefox browser for iOS, though the preview is limited to New Zealand. Mozilla has long shied away from bringing Firefox to iOS, but given the popularity of iOS devices it reconsidered.
Mozilla Releases Firefox to iOS Devices
Mozilla today made its Firefox browser available to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Mozilla released a preview of the browser in New Zealand in September, but is now offering the Safari alternative to everyone.
Opera Hopes New Android Browser Will Push Growth
Opera Software today announced a wholly refreshed version of Opera Mini for Android devices. Opera gave the browser a new user interface based on Material Design, which lends the browser a more native look and feel to Android devices.
Mozilla Acquires Pocket
Mozilla has purchased Pocket for an undisclosed sum. Mozilla is mostly known as the company behind the Firefox browser, while Pocket is a tool for saving and sharing content on the web.
Mozilla to Douse Firefox OS and Stamp Out Phone Biz
Mozilla today said it will cease to develop Firefox OS and discontinue sales of Firefox-based handsets. "Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs," said Mozilla in a statement provided to TechCrunch.