Mozilla is working on new designs for Firefox, bringing the same basic user interface to the web browser across multiple platforms. The Android, Windows 8 Metro, Boot 2 Gecko, and desktop Windows, Mac, and Linux browsers could all look a lot more alike in the future than they do today.

Firefox developer Madhava Enros has posted a series of slides providing a peek at some of the proposed user interface changes.



The idea is that certain design elements would apply across all browsers. For instance there will be tabs at the top of the page and tabs will have a curved design. Next to the tab bar you’ll find menu, bookmark, and page refresh buttons.

Some elements still make sense on some devices than others. For instance, Android devices have software or hardware “back” buttons, so there’s no need to build a back arrow into the toolbar on an Android smartphone.

Mozilla used to have separate user experience teams working on desktop and mobile browsers. Now they’re working together, which helps explain some of the changes.

via Ars Technica

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2 replies on “Soon Firefox will look the same across all platforms (almost)”

  1. Does that mean the Android version won’t have so many bugs? Text input is only one of many bugs. It seems the mobile browser is in perpetual alpha stage with more regressions in each update.

  2. Sure hope they fix the tex input in Android. It still does not support 3.x/4.x text selection and copy/paste.

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