Telefónica has launched the ZTE Open, the first consumer-oriented mobile phone running Mozilla's fully web-based FirefoxOS. The ZTE Open sells as a €69 prepaid phone that comes with €30 and is aimed at the low-end market. Telefónica will launch more FirefoxOS phones in other markets over the coming weeks. Other operators will launch FirefoxOS-based phones later this year.
Sauce Labs has extended Appium to support automated testing for Android and Firefox OS applications. Support for iOS was introduced earlier this year.
LG buys webOS. Samsung kills Bada and strengthens Tizen. Firefox OS attracts more carriers and first devices seen at MWC 2013.
Google has released PageSpeed Insights 2.0 with an interface redesign, extensions for Chrome and Firefox, automatic page optimizations with an online service or via SDK, an API, support for mobile devices and more analysis rules.
The Jetty project recently announced that Jetty now has SPDY support. InfoQ caught up with Greg Wilkins and Simone Bordet to find out more about the protocol, and what advantages it may bring.
Historically, Mozilla has rejected the use of non-open codecs (such as H.264), a subject that has been covered before on InfoQ. The main reason is ideological; H.264 is covered by patents and licensed by the MPEG-LA. Could this stance be softening, with the proposal to allow platform-provided codecs for video support?
Mozilla will create a separate Firefox release for enterprises, but it will come with less security and stability fixes. Organizations interested in such a version are invited to participate in alpha and beta testing.
The Mozilla Foundation has publicly considered disabling Java from running in the browser environment, thanks to recent research that indicates Java is the top of the three vectors for security exploits in the browser.
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in collaboration with the Tor Project, has launched an official 1.0 version of HTTPS Everywhere, a tool for the Firefox web browser that helps secure web browsing by encrypting connections to more than 1,000 websites.
Enterprise organizations were taken by surprise with the recent release of Firefox 5.0 just three months after 4.0, citing security concern and lack of stable Firefox versions for enterprises to work with. At the same time Microsoft has reaffirmed its commitment to enterprises as well as general web consumers.
Google has made Page Speed available online, enhancing it for analyzing web pages targeted at smartphones.
The Mozilla team wants to switch Firefox development to a schedule-driven process to speed up releases. Firefox 4 has been recently released with many improvements, while the roadmap outlines plans for versions 5, 6, and 7.
Microsoft has posted the results for 192 tests grouped in 8 categories for HTML5, SVG 1.1, CSS3, and DOM Level 2&3 showing that IE9 Preview passes all of them with flying colors while Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari have mixed results varying from 0% to 100% depending on the category. The conclusion, that IE9 is the most compliant with W3C standards, is contested by Google, Mozilla, Opera.
Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, has announced that IE9 will use only the H.264 standard to play HTML 5 video. Microsoft seems to have become very committed to HTML 5, while Flash loses even more ground. The announcement came the same day Steve Jobs detailed why Apple does not accept Flash on iPhone and iPad.