Firefox in-development versions, Nightly (the bleeding edge) and Aurora (with features earmarked for subsequent release) have also got some design love and their respective logos are now simplified with less detail and gloss just like the Firefox logo updated a few days ago.
The next Firefox beta is out and again it includes a new tool in its ever-growing developer toolbox. This time it comes with a new and long awaited network monitor that allows you to see network activity in the current tab, from html and style files, to ongoing AJAX requests for updated content.
And as developer tools pile up it now makes sense to have a way for showing and hiding different elements from the developer panel. A gear button has been added for this purpose. Continue reading →
Mozilla has announced that the first Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open is coming out for general availability tomorrow, July 2.
The ZTE Open will feature a single-core Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, 3.5″ HVGA (480 x 320) screen, GPS, accelerometer, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, 3.2MP back camera and FM radio.
Given this specs, the phone, as well as Firefox OS are initially aiming to users who not currently have a smartphone and want to jump to the mobile web at a low cost. At €69, including a 4GB SD card and €30 in Movistar credit, the Open is very well positioned for this market. Continue reading →
Long time Mozilla visual designer, Sean Martell, has announced the evolution of the Firefox logo. As summarized in the official post, the main goal here has been simplification with fur details from the body and tail, and globe gloss removed, a brighter tail that lights the fox’s snout, and other retouches here and there.
Nothing too dramatic but a clear and welcomed update in my opinion.
Based on an original idea of Daniel Burka, sketch by Stephen DesRoches and rendering by Jon Hicks, the Firefox logo is the most recognized and valuable visual asset of Mozilla. Continue reading →
With just days ahead of Firefox OS official launch in mobile markets, it has already made an interesting debut in a periodic survey conducted by IDC and platform developer Appcelerator.
When asked what mobile platforms they are interested in developing for, 25% of mobile developers mentioned Firefox OS. While it is of course small compared to 95% interest for iOS and Android, it is not bad at all for a yet-to-be-launched new OS.
Interestingly, the survey also shows 35% of developers are interested in HTML5 mobile apps which is Firefox OS’s platform suggesting great interest in creating platform independent, standard based applications that requires one and only one development and distribution effort.