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Mozilla Plans To Ship Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0 By End Of 2011!

firefox 41 Mozilla Plans To Ship Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0 By End Of 2011!Well the breaking news for the day continues! Few of the breaking news have woken up people from their deep-sleep around the world and it is continuing!

Earlier in the day, we got a big shocker from AOL. AOL has acquired Huffington Post and continued to expand. And then sources said, TechCrunch will be renamed to HuffingtonCrunch. What is happening?

And here we get yet another shocker for you guys. Well this time it is from Mozilla.

There were days where browser developers used to take years to develop and release new version. All this got changed when Google said “Use a brand new Chrome for every 6 weeks from now!”

Google has kept its promise and releasing new version of Chrome browser once in every 6 weeks. Recently Google released Chrome 9 with some great features.

firefox 2011 plans priorities image Mozilla Plans To Ship Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0 By End Of 2011!

Lets get back to actual post. Mozilla has now joined Google and planning to release Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 by the end of 2011. As far as compared to Firefox 4 development, Mozilla is planning to boost up their development cycle and going to accelerate from now.

Recent discussion about Mozilla’s plan for 2011 noted following point,

  1. Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year
  2. Always respond to a user action within 50 ms
  3. Never lose user data or state
  4. Build Web Apps, Identity and Social into the Open Web Platform
  5. Support new operating systems and hardware
  6. Polish the user experience for common interaction tasks
  7. Plan and architect for a future of a common platform on which the desktop and mobile products will be built and run Web Apps

Tech Link: read more.

Firefox 2011 Roadmap Image Mozilla Plans To Ship Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0 By End Of 2011!

Mozilla has not only set priorities for Firefox browser but also has plans for something more. Mozilla wants to have a web platform with Identity, Social and Apps!

Well the product priorities for 2011 goes like this,

  1. Ship our new technology to users in smaller bundles, more frequently
    1. Four technology shipment vehicles in 2011, including Firefox 4
    2. Achieve a regular cadence for shipping
  2. Develop a product that is responsive from “click to render”
    1. No more than 50ms delay between user action and application reaction
    2. Provide optimizations to hide network latency
    3. Obtain metrics from users in addition to our test infrastructure
  3. Expand the Open Web Platform to include Apps, Social and Identity
    1. Design and implement open systems for Identity and social interactions
    2. Design and implement Web Application Framework
    3. Implement missing pieces of CSS/HTML required for compelling Web Applications
  4. Never lose the user’s data or state
    1. Continue to improve stability
    2. Mitigate the cost of application failure
    3. Interact with cloud-based storage to allow users to “take it with them”
  5. Shine the primary UI until it gleams
    1. Determine and optimize top 5-10 user interaction flows (ie: search for restaurant)
    2. Improve tools for customization/restoration of old functionality so we can remove it from primary UI
    3. Improve user interface polish so that Firefox feels modern, graceful and elegant
  6. Support modern operating systems and platforms
    1. Windows 64-bit
    2. OSX 10.7
    3. Android 3.0
    4. ARM CPUs
  7. Plan for a future where Desktop, Mobile and Web Apps run on a common platform
    1. Need to design and architect towards this eventual outcome
    2. Implementation of this is not a priority

Huh! Mozilla has gone a great makeover to come up with this new plans.

Firefox 5 to get Account Manager, Simple Sharing UI, UI Animation, support to 64Bit Windows. Firefox 6.0 will deliver JavaScript optimizations, Web Applications and FasterCache. And Firefox 7.0 is yet to take form, but undoubtedly the project is still contouring.

Well Mozilla is going to push hard towards its plans. If it going to working like Firefox development in 2010, Mozilla will surely hit again and will loose more users to its competitors Chrome, IE and Opera!

Do you think Mozilla will work as planned here? Will they comeback to Browsers war again? Share your thoughts with us icon wink Mozilla Plans To Ship Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0 By End Of 2011!

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15+ Best Features Of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

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Google has started 2011 on high note by updating all its products. Recently we saw Google Chrome 9 beta got updated and its almost ready for final release. And Chrome OS is trying to get some market share from Microsoft Windows.

Well this is done, Google new venture into smartphones war also proving one more successful product in the market against iPhone, Symbian and others. Google recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread. And they still not done with buzzing new news to its loyal customers!

On Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Google previewed next version of Android i.e Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.

Whenever the version number increases, even list of features get increases. Google has said to have spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface.

Following are the exciting features added in Honeycomb,

#1. User Interface(GUI)

The new interface is much more user friendly as compared to its predecessors. Home screen customization with a new 3D experience. The home screen space is brilliantly distributed with the four corners decorated with well thought in  functions. Below is the video based on UI demo,

#2. Enhanced Keyboard

It’s amazing to see how much Android’s user interface has changed ever since Matias Duarte was hired by Google to improve Android.

According to Google, “the Android soft keyboard is redesigned and optimized for faster text input and editing. The keys themselves are reshaped and repositioned for improved targeting, making them easier to see and press accurately, even at high speeds.”

Android 3.0 Honeycomb qwerty:

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread qwerty:

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#3. Gmail

Gmail is very intelligently customized, all features are kept in reach and looks pretty neat.

#4. Google Talk

Google Talk, now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc). One could use the front or the rear cam, mute themselves, mix the video all together.

#5. Google Maps 5

Google Maps 5 now with 3D interactions.

#6. Newly Redesigned YouTube

#7. Updated Web Browser

#8. Tabbed Browsing

As you can see the above video, the newly updated web browser now supports tabbed browsing as well.

#9. Incognito Mode

The newly updated web browser also supports incognito mode for private browsing.

#10. Google Chrome Bookmarks

Syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks is now possible with new web browser.

#11. Form auto-fill

Well form auto-fill finally reaches tablet browser as well.

#12. Google eBooks

Now this has been totally revamped, tablet exclusivity can be seen over here, unlike simple tiles of books we could flick through each book this time, also the two-page format feels great. Now user can access to over 3 million Google eBooks.

#13. Widgets

Redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive.

#14. Apps

Nonetheless, now users can access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market.

#15. Offline Reliability

Google Maps for Android version 5.0 features an improved caching mechanism over previous versions. If your phone’s battery level is near-full and you’re connected to a WiFi network, Google Maps will passively prefetch map and road data near to your current location.

If you lose access to a mobile data connection, you can still get directions and view locations if the area in question has been cached on your phone.

There are few more small updates available in Android 3.0,

#16. elegant notifications

#17. refined multi-tasking

Well these are some of the new features found in Android 3.0, Honeycomb till now. As far now, Tablet exclusive Android 3.0, Honeycomb lived upto its expectation and by far is the best version of Android we have seen so far, but it would be interesting to see how it fits on mobile devices.

Will these features add an advantage to Android based tablets to fight against iOS based iPad’s? Please share your thoughts and update us if you know some more features icon smile 15+ Best Features Of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

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Update: Chrome Gets Google Cloud Print service

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Google says get ready to experience the ultimate things with Chrome web browser. We all know, Google is integrating many web based applications into its browser and making users to get everything at one place.

Yes! I agree Chrome users will surely enjoy all this updates. Google is showing the future of browsing.

We have been updating you with every move of Chromium 7 or for simplicity Chrome 7 project. First we noticed 7 changes in Chrome 7 when compared to Chrome 6. Recently we saw integration of Instant search, UI tabs, Remote hosting in Chrome 7.

Now its time to update more and yes, again we got some new features being integrated in Chrome 7 latest build 7.0.548.0. This time Google moves one step ahead and brought something new. Here are the new features integrated in Chrome,

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Google Cloud Print enables any application (web, desktop, mobile) on any device to print to any printer.

Applications submit print jobs to the service via the web-based common print dialog or API offered by the service. Google Cloud Print then sends the print job to the selected printer which the user has previously registered with the service. A new class of cloud-aware printers connects directly to the service and offers the best user experience. Legacy printers connect to the service via a proxy.

Tech Tip: Learn more about Google Cloud Print

Background Web Apps enable a future app to boot in the background at system startup and continue running even if all Windows have been closed. There was no further information and it is unclear if and when this feature will make it into a beta, developer or final version of Chrome.

Enables WebKit’s XSS Auditor (cross-site scripting protection). This feature aims to protect you from certain attacks of malicious web sites. It improves your security, but it might not be compatible with all web sites.

Tech Tip: Do you remember the recent bom sobando attack on Orkut.com ? Hackers used XSS to attack the website and spread unwanted messages around, that too without any action from a user.

Automatically disables plug-ins with known security vulnerabilities and offers update links for them. Outdated plugins create another loophole for hackers to gain control of your system. Most of the times plugin authors roll out new updates to fix vulnerabilities.

Tech Tip: This is very true in the case of Flash on browsers. That’s why Flash has been integrated in Chrome 6.

These are the new features which have been added about:lab in Chrome latest build. Still we aren’t clear whether these new features will be integrated upcoming Chrome 7 or it is a preparation for Chrome 8.

As we are getting closer to Chrome 7 release these features are making users go crazy about this web browser. Well these features can put Chrome on upper hand in browsers war as compared to Firefox and Internet Explorer 9.

Again! What you feel? These are the best features which other browsers are missing? Share you thoughts and let others know why Chrome is one of the best browser out there icon smile Update: Chrome Gets Google Cloud Print service

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Symbian 4 OS – a first look at its features

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Few days back we gave a perfect view on how Android is growing in smartphone world by comparing it with iOS based iPhone 4 features. Still, that doesn’t end the smartphones fight! The new entry to smartphone’s operating system is by world’s highest mobile seller Nokia. Yes! we are speaking about new version of Symbian OS by Nokia.

Tech Tip: in 2008, Symbian Software Limited was acquired by Nokia.

Statistics

Statistics published in February 2010 showed that the Symbian devices comprised a 47.2% share of the smart mobile devices shipped in in 2009, with RIM having 20.8%, Apple having 15.1% (through iPhone OS), Microsoft having 8.8% (through Windows CE and Windows Mobile) and Android having 4.7%. Other competitors include webOS, Qualcomm’s BREW, SavaJe, Linux and MontaVista Software.

This statistics clearly shows that as of now Symbian devices are ruling the smartphone world!

Symbian 4 – the new version

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As the title says, we are going to speak about the new version of Nokia based smartphone OS, Symbian 4.

Symbian 4 is expected to be functionally complete in the second half of 2010 and devices supporting Symbian 4 will start shipping early 2011 onwards. Symbian 4 has a big focus on user experience including Direct UI – a complete makeover of the touch UI – and widespread enhancements to the application suite.

Here are the coolest and enhanced features of Symbian 4.

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While comparing the Android and iOS 4 in our previous post, we had mentioned a point that iPhone is lacking the home screen application arrangement and Android is taking advantage over it.

The Home Screen in Symbian 4 gains support for widgets of any size and shape, and gives the user complete control over their placement on the screen.

In the previous versions of symbian OS we had seen the way of accessing the photos had changed and it was very user friendly as well. In symbian, photos benefits from a major overhaul with a new look to every view and direct access to all the most commonly used functionality.

The following are mock-ups of the symbian 4 Photos user interface using the platform theme developed for symbian 3.

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Calendar gains email integration, allowing meeting requests to be sent and responded to from within the Calendar UI. This is one of the unique feature you may find while comparing with other smartphone OS’s.

One of the brave move by Symbian 4 developers is Notification panel inside the menu or sub-menus. As shown in the image below, there is a small button kept on the top-left corner of the page to access the notifications like new mail, alerts, chats etc.

The design of the menu style and icons used are similar to the predecessor of Nokia phone. But this time they have integrated one more new drop-down menu on the top the menu screen. The advantage of this drop down menu is, user can access the menu items from any sub-menu screen.

Tech tip: intergrated menus frees up valuable screen space.

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This concept of symbian 4 is almost similar to iPhone toolbar. It is nothing but a small strip below the menu item where most wanted shortcut keys are placed. But Symbian 4 hold slight edge over iOS concept by adding a small icon in toolbar. Again frees up valuable screen space!

Symbian 4 comes with a dedicated back button on top-right corner of the screen. May be this concept is similar to Windows, but its good to have a button on screen than a dedicated physical button.

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As we explained in home screen above, we can add any number of widgets on the home screen. But one more awesome enhancement here by symbian 4 is we can place gaming widgets and play anytime without browsing inside the menu.

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Under the covers the Symbian 4 user experience is built on Qt and Orbit. This makes it very easy for developers to write new applications and update those already available to take full advantage of this new paradigm – giving users a broad choice of good looking and easy to use applications with which to customise their devices.

We Suggest: Visit and explore more about QT at http://qt.nokia.com/.

In Symbian 4 the application updates focus on supporting touch and hybrid (touch + keyboard) device types.

Tech tip: Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. Using Qt, you can write web-enabled applications once and deploy them across desktop, mobile and embedded operating systems without rewriting the source code.

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What you think about these feature? Is Symbian 4 is ready to take on iOS 4 and Android? Well its too early to speak about it. These are the few cool features we got as of now! Lets wait and watch how Symbian 4 will make a change in smartphone’s world icon smile Symbian 4 OS   a first look at its features

If you know any other features that we have missed out here please do share it using our comment box icon smile Symbian 4 OS   a first look at its features Also feel free to share what you feel about this features icon smile Symbian 4 OS   a first look at its features Cheers!