Mozilla Says Android Phones Can Run Firefox Web Apps
Mozilla recently revealed how Android devices can install and run Firefox-based Open Web Apps. Users will need to install the latest version of the Firefox Browser (version 29). They'll then be able to access an online app store run by Mozilla and download Open Web Apps, which are based on HTML5. The Open Web Apps may use HTML5, but they can be installed, updated, and uninstalled like native apps. Once installed, they show up in the app drawer just like regular apps. Further, they are capable of accessing individual hardware features of the Android phone, such as the camera. Mozilla is encouraging people to download and try the apps, as well as coax developers into creating more. Mozilla is separately working on its own mobile OS, which is based on Linux, similar to Android. Earlier this week Mozilla said it is close to releasing $25 smartphones in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia.
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.
Android Instant Apps Let Apps Run Even When Not Installed
Google today showed off what it calls Android Instant Apps. The idea here is to allow people to access content that's buried within apps that are not installed on their phone.
Google Brings Standalone Apps to Android Wear 1.0 Hardware
Google this week updated some of its Play Store policies that will improve the availability of apps for older Android-based smartwatches. Specifically, Google has made multi-APK apps available to Android Wear 1.0 devices.