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.
There is good news for web developers: Windows 8.1 will ship with Internet Explorer 11, which will feature WebGL, much improved developer's tools and support for Google's SPDY protocol.
20 months after the initial announcement of Dart, the language and its associated VM have entered beta with milestone M5. There are many small improvements in the current release, the most important ones being related to the Editor, VM, and dart2js.
Is a universal web bytecode worth the trouble creating it? Is LLVM the solution? Which is better at running native code in the browser: Mozilla asm.js or Google PNaCl? This article contains opinions expressed on the web on these issues.
Sauce Labs has extended Appium to support automated testing for Android and Firefox OS applications. Support for iOS was introduced earlier this year.
There are two major browser developments recently announced, both targeting parallel architectures: Google and Opera with Blink, a WebKit fork, while Samsung joins Mozilla to push Servo forward.
Microsoft has announced increased Flash support on IE10 running on Windows 8 and Windows RT. This content will now be enabled to run by default and solidifies Flash's position on the Windows platform.
LG buys webOS. Samsung kills Bada and strengthens Tizen. Firefox OS attracts more carriers and first devices seen at MWC 2013.
Microsoft has released modern.ie which enables you to test websites on various versions of IE with a series of tools including tips to build modern sites while supporting old versions of Internet Explorer.
Android 4.2.2 includes security enhancements such as application verification, Always-on VPN, certificate pinning, installd hardening including few other security fixes.
Opera will release new versions of their browser for mobile and desktop based on WebKit. They are also going to integrate Chromium.
Windows Security is a hard problem. There are countless optional settings that can introduce security vulnerabilities, many of which are enabled by default. The documentation for these settings are scattered with current articles freely mixed with out-of-date versions. One solution to this is the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager.
HTML5 and Canvas 2D have reached Candidate Recommendation status, High Resolution Time and Navigation Timing are Recommendation, while HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D Context Level 2 are Working Drafts.
Jatinder Mann, an Internet Explorer PM at Microsoft, held the session 50 performance tricks to make your HTML5 apps and sites faster at BUILD 2012, providing many tips for creating faster web applications.