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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