Firefox 15 for Android released, along with Firefox-based FPS

Mozilla has already launched version 15 of the Firefox web browser for PC, Mac and Linux users, but that's not the only new or updated project the company launched this week. Mozilla has also launched a new version of Firefox for Android smartphones and tablets.

The Google Play store now has Firefox 15 available for download. The change log reveals that the new version has an updated user interface made especially for Android-based tablets. It also allows users to switch between a web site's desktop and (if available) mobile web version from the menu, which should please heavy Neowin users.

Firefox 15 for Android will also allow for users to import the bookmarks and history from a device's regular web browser. Tabs have also been improved, adding a "swipe to close" feature.

As if that were not enough, Mozilla has also launched a new and free browser based first person shooter called BananaBread (yeah, we have no idea either). The project was created as a concept to make a FPS style game using C++ and OpenGL code and running on JavaScript and WebGL.

The Quake III Arena-style game has three levels to choose from, where players battle against bots, with five different weapons available. The game can be played with the desktop version of Firefox 15, along with Chrome. However, it won't work on Internet Explorer because it currently doesn't support WebGL. The BananaBread page states, "Please ask Microsoft to support it."

Source: Google Play store | Image via Mozilla

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Firefox 15 already? Christ. Are the issues with 14 even fixed? (Non native system font applied to browser) Mozilla's site is down, can't see their bare bones changelog. Still using 13 if that wasn't obvious (though sometimes I think it's still 12).

Still wondering what was wrong with using the old version numbering scheme. 4 has been the only major release of Firefox, the next one is their Aurora crap. No need for version number to be anything except like 4.5.10, maybe Firefox 5, but that's pushing it.

I'd still be using 3.6 if I could, but you know, web standards, new technology, security..

DAOWAce said,
Firefox 15 already? Christ. Are the issues with 14 even fixed? (Non native system font applied to browser) Mozilla's site is down, can't see their bare bones changelog. Still using 13 if that wasn't obvious (though sometimes I think it's still 12).

Still wondering what was wrong with using the old version numbering scheme. 4 has been the only major release of Firefox, the next one is their Aurora crap. No need for version number to be anything except like 4.5.10, maybe Firefox 5, but that's pushing it.

I'd still be using 3.6 if I could, but you know, web standards, new technology, security..


People are still moaning about this?

Version numbers shouldn't matter.

King Mustard said,

People are still moaning about this?

Version numbers shouldn't matter.


Moaning about what?

It's been the logical 'rule' of version numbering ever since it existed. You don't change the first number unless it's a vast upgrade over the old. Bug fixes, stability fixes, security fixes; all should be under minor revision numbers, like 12.0.x. New features (which aren't just under the hood) should be the next number, like 12.x.0. Major overhauls should be the main version number, x.0.0. (And alphas/betas are 0.xxx, just to throw that in there)

This has been standard practice up until the last few years when big companies have all gone AWOL for a reason I still don't understand.

As it stands, Mozilla does nothing to update their browsers outside of their monthly/bi-monthly release schedule unless the issue is a severe bug or security issue. And when they do? It's a minor revision number, like 13.0.1.

What is the problem with doing that if it allows for a more rapid release cycle? Oh right, big companies whine about it, whoopie; don't limit our updates because your company can't handle it. *sigh*

Unrelated to this version numbering, but instead to release cycles is Java; the new security flaw and Sun/Oracle have specific release schedule, so chances are they won't even update for a while; but the issue is so massive that they better.

I'll take regular updates any day of the week compared to waiting a year just for a new version. Besides, I'm used to getting new features and updates through GNU/Linux, and it's wonderful

simplezz said,
I'll take regular updates any day of the week compared to waiting a year just for a new version. Besides, I'm used to getting new features and updates through GNU/Linux, and it's wonderful

Same here, updating to 15 as we speak...however ab+ wasn't working for me on 14.01 on my 11.04 install - hopefully it'll work on 15.

DAOWAce said,
Firefox 15 already? Christ. Are the issues with 14 even fixed? (Non native system font applied to browser) Mozilla's site is down, can't see their bare bones changelog. Still using 13 if that wasn't obvious (though sometimes I think it's still 12).
Actually problems starting with version 13 are still unfixed. Cannot get my RSS Feeds to act, or reply to them, as I was able to do under 12. Oh, and lets not forget the frequent crashing under Win-7 64-bit. When is THAT going to get fixed?

Still wondering what was wrong with using the old version numbering scheme. 4 has been the only major release of Firefox, the next one is their Aurora crap. No need for version number to be anything except like 4.5.10, maybe Firefox 5, but that's pushing it.

I'd still be using 3.6 if I could, but you know, web standards, new technology, security..

DAOWAce said,
Are the issues with 14 even fixed? (Non native system font applied to browser) Mozilla's site is down, can't see their bare bones changelog.

Wasn't in the main changelog, have no idea where it's mentioned here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/...0/releasenotes/buglist.html (did a ctrl+f for font, didn't see anything obvious)

But the issue is fixed in FF15. Yay. And now I had to install a compatibility forcing addon because my main way of doing it wasn't working anymore.

They continue to make Firefox more like Chrome (url bar autofill in ff14). Why bother even having 2 separate browsers then?

I loved that last little MMORPG they proof-of-concept'd some months ago. It had a charm to it.

Let's see if Bananabread measures up!

How is this coming along, anyway? I was so turned off by months of a horrible browsing experience, I just can't motivate myself to give it another shot. Maybe by Fx 20, if I'm still using Android at that point.

simplezz said,

Agreed. For pure Javascript, HTML, and WebGL, it's very impressive. Who needs C/C++


'no plugins needed'... WebGL is a plugin....
That game can use the full power of a GPU, shouldn't be impressive at all. Its not HTML5, nor is it javascript or anything. The graphics are running in a seperate rendering engine. And all they can do is clone Q3/UT?

Thing about FF mobile, for some reason, I cannot quote a post. The dialog box appears but the quoted text is not there. Have not tried another browser but I like using FF.

I'm getting better performance so far compare to that last several horrid betas on PC. But that memshrink stuff still couldn't do anything about that adblock's memory leak. No complains other than that.