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    Default Firefox for Playbook?

    The newest release of Firefox for Android is supposed to have better support for tablets - so why aren't we seeing Firefox for Playbook?

    I'm sure there are reasons - RIM would rather invest time in their own browser of course, Mozilla doesn't have a compelling reason to do the work, and most developers prefer to get paid rather than work on something for free.

    But supposedly Android apps are easy to port to the Playbook, and certainly a port or even (dare I dream?) a native version of one of the world's most popular browsers can only help the Playbook's overall viability, probably by a lot. I'm not quite sure what the process would be to get it into App World but imagine something could be worked out.

    Why isn't this a thing?

    Why can't it be?

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    What did Mozilla Firefox say when you asked them if they were going to support OS 10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uniquecrash5 View Post
    The newest release of Firefox for Android is supposed to have better support for tablets - so why aren't we seeing Firefox for Playbook?

    I'm sure there are reasons - RIM would rather invest time in their own browser of course, Mozilla doesn't have a compelling reason to do the work, and most developers prefer to get paid rather than work on something for free.

    But supposedly Android apps are easy to port to the Playbook, and certainly a port or even (dare I dream?) a native version of one of the world's most popular browsers can only help the Playbook's overall viability, probably by a lot. I'm not quite sure what the process would be to get it into App World but imagine something could be worked out.

    Why isn't this a thing?

    Why can't it be?

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    I wish they would put Firefox on the playbook.hope they do it on bb10


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    This is Mozilla's answer from about 8 months ago:

    https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms Blackberry

    Due to the Java-based development system and inability to build C/C++ apps, the full Firefox browser will not be available on the Blackberry OS. However, a future version of Firefox Home may be available for Blackberry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f1mx View Post
    This is Mozilla's answer from about 8 months ago:

    https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms Blackberry

    Due to the Java-based development system and inability to build C/C++ apps, the full Firefox browser will not be available on the Blackberry OS. However, a future version of Firefox Home may be available for Blackberry.
    Good reference. And now they have no technical excuse since PB native apps are written in C++. Porting an iOS version should be a cakewalk.
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    To put it honestly, Firefox on Android is terrible. It's one of the worst browsers ever on Android even with their new optimizations, why anyone would want it is beyond me. Even most Android users refuse to use it, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bla1ze View Post
    To put it honestly, Firefox on Android is terrible. It's one of the worst browsers ever on Android even with their new optimizations, why anyone would want it is beyond me. Even most Android users refuse to use it, lol.
    The (Android) Google Chrome browser is waaaaay better !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bla1ze View Post
    To put it honestly, Firefox on Android is terrible. It's one of the worst browsers ever on Android even with their new optimizations, why anyone would want it is beyond me. Even most Android users refuse to use it, lol.
    Because android users have too many free options.like dolphin. I still can not access my Hotmail by native browser
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    We can't port android version of Firefox to PB, because it need native library to run which PB android player don't support. Unless they build a native version of Firefox for PB.
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    Why would you want any other browser than the one on the PlayBook? Probably the best I've used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartie88 View Post
    Because android users have too many free options.like dolphin. I still can not access my Hotmail by native browser
    No problem. Install SimpleBrowser+ and set your browser to anything you want
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    No problem. Install SimpleBrowser+ and set your browser to anything you want
    As much as I see the value in SimpleBrowser, it's one thing to change the browser id, and another to access whatever features you have in a real Firefox.

    And you know what? I don't care about Firefox anymore. Give me Chrome and password/bookmark sync!
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    Dolphin works far better on android than firefox does,
    Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeroen_13 View Post
    The (Android) Google Chrome browser is waaaaay better !
    When it's not locking up the entire OS, that is. I've had to uninstall it and go back to the native android browser on all of my ICS and JB tabs because of frequent random crashes/reboots. Very unstable.

    Note: PB users don't know how good they have it under OS 2.x. It may have a few missing features and/or rough edges, but at least you're not experiencing the kinds of stability issues and data loss that seem to plague android.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herculesinwyoming View Post
    Dolphin works far better on android than firefox does,
    Just my opinion.
    For sure. But I don't think Dolphin works well in PB. Even installed it and got black screen. Had to had restart my PB and uninstall it. no real options in PB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mercurystar999 View Post
    Why would you want any other browser than the one on the PlayBook? Probably the best I've used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mercurystar999 View Post
    Why would you want any other browser than the one on the PlayBook? Probably the best I've used.
    can you access new hotmail by the one on the playbook that is the best? I know some not the best can do
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartie88 View Post
    can you access new hotmail by the one on the playbook that is the best? I know some not the best can do
    Here, invade my privacy as I make a statement.



    Only thing stopping us is the PB's browser ID. The browser itself can handle it without issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bla1ze View Post
    To put it honestly, Firefox on Android is terrible. It's one of the worst browsers ever on Android even with their new optimizations, why anyone would want it is beyond me. Even most Android users refuse to use it, lol.
    That may have been true a couple versions ago, but in the last two version it has improved enormously. It now significantly outperforms Chrome (on my device at least).
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    Quote Originally Posted by uniquecrash5 View Post
    That may have been true a couple versions ago, but in the last two version it has improved enormously. It now significantly outperforms Chrome (on my device at least).
    Can't agree more ffx 15 is excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diegonei View Post
    Here, invade my privacy as I make a statement.

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    Only thing stopping us is the PB's browser ID. The browser itself can handle it without issue.
    How could u make it. I cannot
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartie88 View Post
    How could u make it. I cannot
    Why, the screenshot itself had the answer: SimpleBrowser (which is the PB native browser with a bit of tweaking, sowe can change the browser ID).
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    I have got a hold of the apk file for FireFox and converted it but it never worked. Even if it did, the PlayBook browser is far superior so there is really no point at this stage to even worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diegonei View Post
    Why, the screenshot itself had the answer: SimpleBrowser (which is the PB native browser with a bit of tweaking, sowe can change the browser ID).
    Thanks.

    Didn't know it is simplebrowser. I meant the rim browser that cannot. Open new Hotmail.
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