Firefox Nightlies for Android receive new UI, merging elements

As the market for smartphones booms globally, there is a developmental focus on well-polished apps. Browsing the Internet is perhaps the biggest allure of a smartphone, and big names on desktop are getting popular on mobile too.

Mozilla’s Firefox might be extremely popular on a computer, though it isn’t as popular on mobile. Sure, the company has the ZTE Open and Firefox OS to deal with, but development for Android is still steaming ahead.

Lucas Rocha, a UI engineer at Mozilla, has outlined a number of changes reaching the browser through its ‘Nightly’ developmental channel. One major change comes with the “modernized” codebase, though not everyone will see this change.

The biggest change for the end user is at the front of the browser. The Start Page has been merged with the ‘Awesomescreen’, making it possible to swipe between History, Bookmarks and Speed Dial.

Users familiar with Android’s Firefox browser likely won’t see a massive difference. As our side-by-side comparison shows, there have been small changes; the most obvious is the tab counter on the right of the address bar. Rocha himself describes the design: "the new design feels more streamlined, cleaner, and lighter throughout."

If you’re interested in trying the latest and (potentially) greatest version of Firefox for Android, you’ll have to download and install the 29MB APK from Mozilla’s nightly developmental website.

Source: LucasR.org | Download here!

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Siri, the latest pupil at seven new Dutch schools

Next Story

Facebook lets anyone use embedded posts; adds new features

13 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

^
I really do not see the metro influence here. Just because of the square images in the right screenshot? Doesnt look like metro at all.

A lot of people compare apps to metro when have had square images/icons before metro was even introduced. Now all of a sudden it is metro.

techbeck said,
^
I really do not see the metro influence here. Just because of the square images in the right screenshot? Doesnt look like metro at all.

A lot of people compare apps to metro when have had square images/icons before metro was even introduced. Now all of a sudden it is metro.

Right. To me, I don't care how they look if they copy from others or not. Metro or not. It is up to designers/developers who create their apps. If they copy something from others, then that means those developers/designers have no skills on the design or want to be quick by copy stuff from others instead of making their own.

Like I said before that I said "No one is original these days."

techbeck said,
^
I really do not see the metro influence here. Just because of the square images in the right screenshot? Doesnt look like metro at all.

A lot of people compare apps to metro when have had square images/icons before metro was even introduced. Now all of a sudden it is metro.

Metro is not just about squares though. It's about the simplicity, the 'content over chrome' thing.
People compare it to Metro mostly because of the fact that the devs (in this case Mozilla) have started to value simplicity over eye candy lately. This trend was influenced in part by Metro's implementation in WP7.


I do enjoy that many Android fans dislike Modern/Metro into the grave.
But that these design principles are becoming a defacto standard in Android as well

difference is though Metro sucks on a desktop, I don't want android on my desktop either... Looks nice though , the new firefox, to be honest i'm not happy with any mobile browser at the moment...

Well it doesn't suck as such on a Desktop. It's just in its infancy.
We didn't all embrace the desktop as good with Windows 95 either, and after a few Windows releases and several years of improvements, it grew on us
I'm personally glad we're stepping away from shaders, drop shadows, see-through etc. And go back to simple&basic designs. Without a lot of distracting, useless, screen estate eating eye-candy.

I prefer the right side just cause its cleaner. Also more inline with the desktop Firefox, since its basic square symbols on the new tab page too.

Yes, big squares are becoming an Android UI element /s

Bookmarks in some Android browsers (before METRO) were displayed in this fashion...Besides Firefox is not part of stock Android, it's an independent app. Every mobile OS has its own design language.

Shadowzz said,
I do enjoy that many Android fans dislike Modern/Metro into the grave.
But that these design principles are becoming a defacto standard in Android as well

I don't know where the Metro influence is here... you mean the rectangles showing your bookmarks on the new tab that have existed since the beginning of this universe.

Shadowzz said,
Well it doesn't suck as such on a Desktop. It's just in its infancy.
We didn't all embrace the desktop as good with Windows 95 either, and after a few Windows releases and several years of improvements, it grew on us

Are you seriously kidding?

Windows 95 had midnight madness and crowds celebrating its changes, and by far and wide it was beloved enough for the DESKTOP to remain literally unchanged even up through and including Windows 8. Before the desktop, there was "Program Manager" and in a nutshell, that sucked. I saw no such madness for Metro/Modern.

You have obviously missed the raging in those days. "Computers had to be controlled through CLI, not a GUI" blabla.
Now its "Computers need to be controlled through desktop, not Modern/Metro"
Same thing. Start menu a continuation of the top bar on Win3.11, start screen a continuation of the start menu.

And to claim it was unchanged due to it being highly loved. Start screen changed much in the Blue release or what? Oh wait.
I guess we can expect drastic changes to the start screen/Modern with Windows 9 or 8.2.