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Firefox 57.0.4 rolling out to all platforms with initial fixes for ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Yesterday, Google released information about a series of CPU vulnerabilities it discovered. The first was 'Meltdown,' which allows malicious programs to read protected memory - but only affected Intel-made x86 processors. The second issue, named 'Spectre,' applied to just about every modern processor, and gives malicious programs the ability to steal data from the memory of other applications.

Since the above vulnerabilities can be used through JavaScript, web browsers also need to be updated to avoid exploitation. Mozilla released Firefox 57.0.4 today, which disables the JavaScript features required for the attack.

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Firefox 57.0.4 rolling out to all platforms with initial fixes for 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' CPU vulnerabilities was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox comes to the Amazon Fire TV for browsing, and YouTube obviously

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

When one door closes, another opens. For Amazon, this couldn't be anymore true. With Google pulling its YouTube app from the Fire TV and Echo Show, Amazon users were left with few options to watch their favorite channels and discover new videos. Now that's changing with the release of Firefox on Fire TV.

The browser is available for 2nd gen and newer Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks, and although it's aimed at US customers, it's accessible to everyone.

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Firefox comes to the Amazon Fire TV for browsing, and YouTube obviously was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hangouts calling now works on Firefox without plugins

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Hangouts on Chrome uses a variety of Chrome-specific APIs to make video and audio calls work (or at least it used to). For other browsers, Google developed a web plugin, but that became a problem when Firefox dropped support for plugins (besides Flash) back in March. It has taken a long time, but Hangouts finally works in Firefox again.

At least on Firefox, Hangouts now uses WebRTC for video and audio calls, meaning no plugins are required.

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Hangouts calling now works on Firefox without plugins was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 58 beta brings Progressive Web Apps, FLAC support, and more [APK Download]

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Over a month ago, it was revealed that Firefox 58 would allow Progressive Web Apps to be added to the home screen. The Firefox 58 beta has made that a reality, and it's also brought with it some more new features, including FLAC support and two new locales. However, the Firefox Search widget is gone from the home screen.

The headline feature is here is support for Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs.

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Firefox 58 beta brings Progressive Web Apps, FLAC support, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend Poll: What browser do you use on your phone?

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Your browser is your gateway to the world. With it, you can access a surfeit of information, including sites like ours. From a functional standpoint, most browsers are quite alike, but each has a distinctive set of features. And like anything with specific or distinguishing characteristics, a particular browser is something you develop a taste for. So, when it comes to your phone, which one do you use?

Some people just stick with whatever their phone ships with, be it Google's in-house Chrome, Samsung's Browser, or even an OEM-tweaked AOSP browser.

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Weekend Poll: What browser do you use on your phone? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox v57 ‘Quantum’ now available for Android with updated design, improved performance, and Custom Tabs support [APK Download]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Firefox has been falling in marketshare for a number of years now, mostly due to increased competition from Google Chrome. Over the past year or so, Mozilla has been working on a number of massive fundamental changes to Firefox to make it faster and better than ever, and version 57 is the culmination of these efforts. The update was finally released today across all platforms, including Android.

The main attraction, at least on Android, is the new Photon UI.

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Firefox v57 'Quantum' now available for Android with updated design, improved performance, and Custom Tabs support [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox support for web-based Google Earth is in development

Monday, October 30th, 2017

After two years in development, the web-based Google Earth 9.0 debuted earlier this year. The new version runs entirely in the web browser, but it only works in Google Chrome. This is because it used Portable Native Client (NaCl), a technology that allows C and C++ code to run in the Chrome browser. Since no other browser bothered implementing NaCl, the Earth web app was exclusive to Chrome.

That is now changing, as the Twitter account for Google Earth revealed that Firefox support is in the works:

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Firefox support for web-based Google Earth is in development was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Toolbox, our web browser extension, adds Firefox on Android support and more with v2.0

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Back in December, we released a Chrome extension called 'Toolbox for Google Play Store.' It was designed to make the Play Store website much better, with direct links to APKMirror/AP/AppBrain for each app and the ability to sign up for beta programs with one click. A few months later, we released it for Opera, and later Firefox.

But all that time, there wasn't much in the way of new features or major improvements.

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Toolbox, our web browser extension, adds Firefox on Android support and more with v2.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox 58 will let you add Progressive Web Apps to the home screen

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

In case you aren't familiar with them, Progressive Web Apps are web apps tailored to function like native applications. They're designed to be fast and work offline, with the ability to be added to the home screen. Chrome has been leading the charge on PWAs for a while now, most recently allowing them to be installed to the app drawer, just like native applications.

Service Workers, one of the technologies that makes PWAs possible, has been in Firefox since January of this year (with the release of v44).

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Firefox 58 will let you add Progressive Web Apps to the home screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mozilla is testing another new browser called Firefox Rocket, specifically for Indonesia

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Mozilla has been pretty busy recently. Last month it updated its main browser, Firefox, with a much needed modern UI makeover, and back in the summer it launched a completely new browser, Firefox Focus. It's much simpler and faster than the standard Firefox app, and it's much more privacy conscious, too, with no tabs and automatic blocking of ads and trackers. There's also a Germany-specific version called Klar.

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Mozilla is testing another new browser called Firefox Rocket, specifically for Indonesia was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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