Mozilla announces Firefox Launcher for Android

Mozilla may be developing its own FirefoxOS for budget smartphones, but the company would like to see its software used more in Android devices as well. This week, Mozilla announced a collaboration with software developer EverythingMe that will see the release of a version of that company's Android launcher combined with the Firefox browser.

Mozilla's blog post showed off a screenshot of the Firefox Launcher, which looks almost exactly the same as EverythingMe's product; the only major change is that it has the Firefox browser included in its default screen. Mozilla says the launcher will use EverythingMe's "contextual adaptive app search" technology so that it presents a customized look based on the patterns of the smartphone user.

The screenshot shows that apps can be quickly filed into different categories. There's also an app bar at the bottom that is supposed to change based on predicting what the user will need to access quickly at any point in time.

Mozilla says that it will provide more development updates on the Firefox Launcher before it offers a beta version of the program for Android devices; there's no word on exactly when that beta test will begin.

Source: Mozilla | Image via Mozilla

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As opposed to another file format? Well, do we really need a higher quality format to represent an OS image of such a small device? I don't believe so.

GarakObama said,
Why would they use a jpg image to show off an interface?
What did you expect, an interactive Flash or JS-based mockup?

NoClipMode said,
The upcoming Firefox UI redesign is also ugly and dated looking. They need to hire better designers.
I think instead of hiring they just took the cheap way out and trained their copiers towards Chrome (unfortunately).

j2006 said,
That looks like something from the Web 2.0 days... ugh. Firefox needs to step their game up.
Did you even read the article?

"Mozilla's blog post showed off a screenshot of the Firefox Launcher, which looks almost exactly the same as EverythingMe's product; the only major change is that it has the Firefox browser included in its default screen."

CJEric said,
I don't get it. Why would I need this? (not trying to be snarky)

It's just a different UI face that pushes FF more, for those that might want to it to look different. Saying that though, I'm guessing Firefox OS has hit a wall and isn't going anywhere for them.

George P said,

It's just a different UI face that pushes FF more, for those that might want to it to look different. Saying that though, I'm guessing Firefox OS has hit a wall and isn't going anywhere for them.
According to these two links, Firefox OS has been more successful on the market than they expected, and that they've been able to team up with several companies to provide Firefox OS smartphones in over a dozen countries...
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/...6/firefox-os-looking-ahead/
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2013/12/16/mozilla-in-2013/

Pluto is a Planet said,
According to these two links, Firefox OS has been more successful on the market than they expected, and that they've been able to team up with several companies to provide Firefox OS smartphones in over a dozen countries...
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/...6/firefox-os-looking-ahead/
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2013/12/16/mozilla-in-2013/

I've yet to see anything other than the original phone from, I think, ZTE? No one else has yet to talk about anything new coming that will run it. If MWC comes and goes without any new phones using their OS i'd feel safe calling it a dead end regardless of what they post on their blog.

George P said,

I've yet to see anything other than the original phone from, I think, ZTE? No one else has yet to talk about anything new coming that will run it. If MWC comes and goes without any new phones using their OS i'd feel safe calling it a dead end regardless of what they post on their blog.

Well you obviously haven't been looking... I have a Firefox OS phone and it came out before ZTE's did and Alcatel has already made press releases talking about bringing Firefox OS devices to MWC 2014: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...efox-os-phones-for-mwc-2014

Here are the list of Firefox phones that have been released over the past year:
Geeksphone Peak
Geeksphone Keon
ZTE Open
Alcatel OneTouch Fire
LG Fireweb