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Firefox 4 hits 5 million downloads within first 24 hours

Posted in Firefox by Reuben Drake on March 23rd, 2011

Firefox 3 achieved an amazing eight million downloads in a day when it launched. Did Firefox 4 beat that? Well, not really, but it passed the five million number within the first 24 hours. Not bad at all, but not outdoing it’s predecessor.

Even though it didn’t break the record, according to StatCounter, the latest Firefox already has a 1.95 percent share of the browser market, which is double what IE9 has so far. Go Firefox. It’s proof that you don’t have to break records to make some headway.

Firefox 4 now available to download

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Great news for Firefox users. Mozilla has now launched the official version of its FireFox 4 browser and it is available to download now from the Mozilla website. It has already hit 400,000 downloads and continues to climb.

We wonder if it will beat Microsofts IE9′s 2.3 million downloads on its first day. What do you think? We say yes. Some of the new features included in the official Firefox 4 browser include Panorama to organize your sites into groups and App Tabs which allows you to keep your favorite tabs within easy access. sounds like some nice improvements.

Firefox Home on your iPhone

Posted in Firefox by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2010

There’s no mobile version of Firefox for the iPhone yet, but the Firefox Home app lets you sync your desktop browsing session to your iPhone and browse it via Safari while you’re on the go. It’s not a real browser like Firefox, but we weren’t even sure that Apple would give the go ahead to Firefox Home.

Luckily they did. The app is available in the App Store, and there are instructions on Mozilla’s blog to get you started. Anyone interested in this one?

Firefox 3.5 released

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Firefox 3.5 releasedFirefox 3.5 includes the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which is said to be more than twice as fast as in v3.0 and ten times faster than Firefox 2, together with native integration of Ogg Theora video, and Location Aware Browsing.

There’s also some new privacy controls, including a “private browsing” mode that keeps no history, as well as a “Forget this Site” feature that clears all the temporary files, passwords, stored logins from a particular domain. The browser market has been heating up lately, with Microsoft releasing Internet Explorer 8, Google’s Chrome getting several updates and Apple debuting a new version of Safari at WWDC 2009 etc.

Dynamite Data Firefox add-on helps find lowest price

Posted in Firefox by Shane McGlaun on April 21st, 2009

dynamitedataAnytime I am looking to buy some new hardware for my computer it seems like I spend hours comparing prices to find the best deal. Sometimes I get sick of looking and just buy without doing all the comparisons I know I could do and then I end up thinking in the back of my head I could have got it cheaper.

I ran across a new add-on for Firefox called Dynamite Data that is cool and will help find the lowest prices for any product you are shopping for. Once the add-on is installed all you need to do is go to a product page on any website and the add-on will show you how much the product costs from other websites.

Firefox Mobile coming in a few weeks?

Posted in Firefox by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2008

Firefox Mobile coming in a few weeks?Mozilla CEO, John Lilly has hinted in an Interview that we may be seeing Firefox Mobile in a few weeks time. If the reports are true, we may see an alpha version of Firefox Mobile very soon. An excerpt from the interview:

“We want to make sure that the Web on mobile is more like the Web than what the mobile industry offers today, which is closed, separate networks and not a very good information-getting experience for the user. The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile devices. We’re working on that, and we’ll see some alphas in a few weeks.”

Firefox 3 downloads reach over 8 million

Posted in Firefox by Darrin Olson on June 18th, 2008

Firefox 3 downloadMozilla has announced that they have set a new world record with over 8 million downloads of the Firefox 3 browser from Tuesday to Wednesday of this week, and they are just waiting for the Guinness folks to come around and verify the numbers. While we do like Firefox here at the ‘Brick and use it as our default browser, we did have a few questions about this record attempt in general.

For starters, there was really no Guinness record for the most number of downloads to begin with, so beating a record that was not there was a shoe-in for the company. Also, if someone wants to shoot it down it just might not be all that hard since Adobe says that 8 million Flash Player installs is just an average day. YouTube servers out over 100 million videos each day and what is the torrent download count at, like over 5 billion?


Mozilla gets to work on mobile Firefox

Posted in Browsers,Firefox,Mozilla,News by Chris Weber on October 11th, 2007

Mozilla starting work on mobile Firefox browserMozilla has decided to get down to business about developing a mobile browser and have recently hired two developers experienced in mobile Linux-based applications to start building a mobile version of the Firefox browser. The company didn’t give any dates on when they thought the new browser would be available and it might be a little early to know what types of phones it would be able to run on, but they did let us know it wouldn’t be this year.

We would love to see something in the way of mobile from Firefox soon and hopefully sometime next year. The longer Mozilla takes the stiffer the competition will become and already the company will have challenges getting into mobile devices with Microsoft and Apple. Both of these companies run their own browser on their respective platforms which integrate nicely, but that certainly hasn’t stopped Firefox from swaying a chunk of users already with desktop browsers. Here at the ‘Brick we currently see over 38% of our readers using a Firefox browser and that percentage continues to rise. Opera Software will be another tough competitor having had a mobile browser in the market for a number of years already, but Mozilla feels there is till room for another and possibly better option.

Firefox Reaches Over 400 Million Downloads

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Darrin Olson on September 8th, 2007

FireFox surpases 400,000,000 downloads of its internet browserAccording to the Spread Firefox blog over 400 million downloads of the Firefox web browser have occurred since it’s launch just 3 years ago in November of 2004. The post spelled out a little history of the spread of Firefox, citing 25 million downloads in the first 99 days of the browser being available. Within a year they had over 100 million and another 100 million the year after that.

This 400 million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean that there are 400 million installations of the browser running out there, but it is nevertheless impressive considering Microsoft pretty much had a monopoly on the browser market just a few years ago with Internet Explorer. In fact the last 30 days here on the ‘Brick show that 42% of our readers are using Firefox which is up from 35% about a year …

Firefox 3 Features Announced

Posted in Firefox,News by Chris Weber on January 11th, 2007

firefox 3 features announced
The hardworking writers and editors at SlipperyBrick are definite Firefox fans. However, even we will admit that our favorite web browser could use some tweaks. We were pleased to hear about the new lineup of Firefox features for version 3. We distilled the requirements document from the developer meeting held this week and came up with the most interesting and promising features.


Improve the Add-On user Experience

Simplify Add-on Installation

Ability to install Ad-on in 3 or fewer mouse clicks (nice!)

Add-on configuration from the main Firefox application

Make updates availability more visible

Possibly install Add-ons without a restart (This would be awesome!)