good news indeed – the first beta version of Firefox for Android (codename Fennec) may just be launching in February. Firefox is currently one of the most popular online browsers, and this is both a push toward an increasing level of mobile browsing for Firefox as well as their future plans for the Android platform.
Monthly Archive: December 2013
to change that.
Motorola have confirmed that they are working with Google on a Google-branded smartphone. Speaking during their quarterly results call, Motorola chief executive Sanjay Jha described the company's plans as creating a "direct to consumer device with Google" in the manner of the existing Google Nexus One. Jha gave no further details about the upcoming device, though we've previously heard rumors that a Motorola smartphone codenamed Shadow might be the next Nexus handset; the Google Nexus Two as it were. Motorola took to the stage with Google at the first Nexus device's launch, despite having no hardware partnership to announce. As for Motorola's performance this past quarter, they shifted 12m handsets of which 2m were apparently smartphones. [via Electronista]
TweetCaster is promising to be faster and more fully-featured than anything else, and has dropped into the Android Market today. All the usual functionality you'd expect is onboard, including photo support, URL shortening, profile views, threaded conversations, favorites and DM/replies. You can also have multiple Twitter accounts active simultaneously, something missing from a lot of clients we see. There's a free version (with banner ads) and a Pro paid-version for $4.99 up for grabs. We've been testing out a pre-release beta version of TweetCaster for the past week or so; expect our review up later on today.
Nexus One isn't exactly eye-catching, which is a shame given the smartphone has the potential for far greater things. Perennial painters ColorWare are now offering their customization skills for the Nexus One, meaning you can turn the dreary grey into various glossy or soft-touch hues. The frame, back panel, bottom section and camera surround can all be tweaked with a variety of metallic, solid or pearl tones to choose from, and you can be as tasteful or as tacky as you want. Pricing is either $175 if you're content to send in your Nexus One, or ColorWare will buy the handset for you and paint it for $800. [via BGR]