Google’s Android operating system may come with a web browser (or two) pre-loaded, depending on the device and software version. But that hasn’t stopped developers from offering third-party browsers such as Dolphin, Opera, and Firefox.
In fact, Mozilla says it’s Firefox web browser for Android has been downloaded over 100 million times.
A few years ago the browser was kind of clunky and slow. But I’ve actually been using Firefox as the default browser on my phone for the past year or two because, unlike Google Chrome for Android, Firefox supports third-party add-ons such as the LastPass password manager. The browser itself is speedy, easy-to-use, and offers a strong set of features including desktop mode, private browsing, save as PDF, and more. But support for a wide range of existing add-ons might the browser’s killer feature.
Here’s a roundup of tech news stories from around the web.
- Firefox for android surpasses 100 million downloads
Mozilla may be pushing its own mobile operating system called Firefox OS. But the company’s browser for Android may be the bigger success story so far. [Mozilla]
- Amazon Prime Stations now streaming to Android devices
Amazon’s streaming radio service is already available through the company’s website, on Fire tablets, and iOS apps. Now it’s also available for Android devices as well.[Amazon]
- Will.i.am ‘s PULS smartwatch experiment phase one winds down, next-gen hardware on the way?
It’s an expensive device that’s probably more of a fashion accessory than a piece of useful technology. But at least it doesn’t look like every other smartwatch. Maybe the next one will be more compelling. [Boing Boing]
- Goo.im is shutting down
Once a popular site for downloading custom ROMs, gApps packages and other Android software, the Goo.im team is shutting down in a few months. [reddit]
- The Surface 3 can charge itself… kind of
There’s a standard USB port and a USB type C port for charging (among other things), so what happens if you run a cable from one to the other? The laptop will charge itself… by draining its own battery. Ultimately you’ll probably get less battery life than normal by doing this, not more. [imgur]
- Report: Google working on bring Android Wear support to iPhones
Want to use an Android Wear smartwatch? Right now you’ll get the best results if you also have an Android phone. But soon you may be able to install an iPhone app to send notifications, Google Now cards and other info to a Moto 360, LG G Watch, or Asus ZenWatch, among others. [The Verge]
- Star Wars digital movie collection launches April 10th
Ahead of the first new Star Wars movies in years this December, the first 6 movies will finally be available for digital download from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and other online video stores. [Disney]
- Intel demos a Skylake-powered tablet design with dual screens (E Ink and color)
This isn’t the first time Intel has shown off a computer with a color screen on one side and an E Ink screen on the other. But while it’s not clear how practical the setup is or how much demand there is for such a product… it still looks really cool. [Mobile Geeks]