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  1. gapost's Avatar
    Ok, someone put a Firefox app in the Marketplace. Who's going to try it? No reviews so far and it's $1.99 without a trial.

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/ap...d-efd00cfe2fe8
    05-19-2012 07:15 AM
  2. palandri's Avatar
    I wonder how long that will stay up?
    05-19-2012 07:38 AM
  3. ninjaap's Avatar
    I wonder how long that will stay up?
    Is there supposed to be restriction on 3rd party browsers? From the OP's link, I found a link to UC Browser, which has been out since Nov, 2011. I'm confused.

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/ap...1-91dbc188f873
    05-19-2012 11:19 AM
  4. palandri's Avatar
    I thought there was a browser restriction. Maybe not. I know I saw Opera loaded on a Windows Phone, but it was a developers phone.
    05-19-2012 11:37 AM
  5. ninjaap's Avatar
    I thought there was too.
    05-19-2012 12:04 PM
  6. thed's Avatar
    I don't think there's a restriction on browsers, but you'd have to build it entirely in silverlight. Firefox has said they won't build a browser for WP until MS opens up native code for third party apps.

    The version of Opera is real, but it's only for fully unlocked phones that can run native code (not dev or even interop unlocked phones). It pretty much requires a custom ROM to allow this. I doubt that this "Firefox" is anything more than a wrapper around the IE engine.

    tl;dr - Don't buy this, it's not real.
    05-19-2012 12:15 PM
  7. happynoodleboy's Avatar
    It says in the description for the app that it uses the phones native browser so it is just a wrapper.

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    05-19-2012 12:30 PM
  8. palandri's Avatar
    It says in the description for the app that it uses the phones native browser so it is just a wrapper.

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    That makes sense.
    05-19-2012 01:16 PM
  9. johnmcd348's Avatar
    Yeah, I wouldn't bother with it. FF made it clear a long time ago that they would not support WP due to Windows heavy control over the OS.
    05-20-2012 09:44 AM
  10. ninjaap's Avatar
    Yeah, I wouldn't bother with it. FF made it clear a long time ago that they would not support WP due to Windows heavy control over the OS.
    Yet, now they are complaining that they can't get their browser into W8 ARM devices. Hypocrites.
    05-20-2012 10:09 AM
  11. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I'm actually hoping to see Opera for Windows Phone. I used to use Firefox on my desktop, but it's gotten really slow and crashes. I'm running Opera as my default desktop browser and would love to use Opera on my L900.

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    05-20-2012 10:16 AM
  12. palandri's Avatar
    I'm actually hoping to see Opera for Windows Phone. I used to use Firefox on my desktop, but it's gotten really slow and crashes. I'm running Opera as my default desktop browser and would love to use Opera on my L900.

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    Were you running Firefox on SuSE when it got slow?
    05-20-2012 10:55 AM
  13. selfcreation's Avatar
    Dint MS block the WB BRowser API meaning only IE works on WP.....
    and if so this is just a IE app with a Firefox UI = FAKE!`

    not worth the 2$ better off gettign surf cube..... unless they changed that and im wrong?
    Last edited by Se1fcr3ation; 05-20-2012 at 11:34 AM.
    05-20-2012 11:26 AM
  14. rbrunner's Avatar
    You are right, a true port of Firefox for WP7 is nowhere in sight and probably won't happen, ever.

    But as far as I know, purely on technical grounds nothing would stop you writing an alternative browser for WP7. Problem is, you would have to write it in C#, just like all the other WP7 apps, which is of course quite hard.

    For a true IE alternative, I think best chance would be to build a server-client combo, just like Opera Mini and its server hosted by the Opera company: The server does the really hard jobs of rendering HTML and executing Javascript, and the client on the phone just displays the whole stuff.

    It seems that there is indeed a browser for WP7 that works that way, UC Browser:
    [WP7] UC Browser 1.4 CN for Windows Phone 7 released - Other Mobile Browsers - UC FORUM - Powered by Discuz!
    05-20-2012 12:08 PM
  15. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Firefox 12 is equally slow in openSUSE 12.1 and in Windows 7.

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    05-20-2012 12:28 PM
  16. Duvi's Avatar
    I'd never download that unless it was made by Mozilla or an approved (by Mozilla) 3rd party.

    Then again, even then, I wouldn't as I never use the 3rd party browsers. If the built-in browser can't do what I want, then it can wait. With all the apps and websites being mobile compatible, I don't really see a need for FireFox or any 3rd party browser in mobile browsing.
    05-20-2012 12:31 PM
  17. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I guess I like alternate mobile browsers just out of habit, since I don't care for IE in desktop Windows. I tend to like cross-platform browsers, not ones limited to a single OS.

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    05-20-2012 12:39 PM
  18. Duvi's Avatar
    I guess I like alternate mobile browsers just out of habit, since I don't care for IE in desktop Windows. I tend to like cross-platform browsers, not ones limited to a single OS.

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    On the PC, I won't use any thing, but Chrome. Just hard for me to get used to a phone browser because when ever I click a link in an app, it will open the built-in browser. Only OS I guess I would be able to use a 3rd party is Android, which I dislike the platform altogether.
    05-20-2012 12:55 PM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    On the PC, I won't use any thing, but Chrome. Just hard for me to get used to a phone browser because when ever I click a link in an app, it will open the built-in browser. Only OS I guess I would be able to use a 3rd party is Android, which I dislike the platform altogether.
    If not Opera on the PC, I'll run Chrome. I used to like Firefox until version 10. Everything since 10 has gotten slower, buggier, and more prone to crashing. Firefox is equally bad for me in Linux and Windows. Opera and Chrome run great in Linux and Windows.

    It's funny because I dislike Android too, even though I'm a huge fan of Linux.
    05-20-2012 01:01 PM
  20. jabtano's Avatar
    Firefox 12 is equally slow in openSUSE 12.1 and in Windows 7.

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    I agree with on my Linux box Firefox been very slow, not as slow as on my Win7 rig though. On my Win7 Rig ...I can't believe that I'm actually saying this but I've been using IE, and liking it. I'm going to try out Opera on the Linux box today.
    05-21-2012 08:02 AM
  21. CommonBlob's Avatar
    Ive come to the conclusion that all browsers suck in someway. IE9 is good, but occasionally gets some slowness.
    Chrome is nice, but doesn't always render correctly and if one tab hangs the hole thing falls over.
    Firefox just breaks half the time and doesn't work properly on windows 8
    Opera is just, well, odd. not compatible enough!

    as far as my phone is concerned, am really pleased with IE, it just works 99% of the time so cant complain
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    05-22-2012 04:08 PM
  22. johnmcd348's Avatar
    Yet, now they are complaining that they can't get their browser into W8 ARM devices. Hypocrites.
    I really liked the Mozilla iterations for the WinMo devices and used them pretty exclusively from MiniMo to Firefox

    Yes. There was another Browser out for WM for awhile that was really good and beat IE hands down. But, after they ran it for awhile on WM and got all the kinks worked out, they shut down the external servers for the WM users and went into the Droid and, I think, iOS market, leaving us in the cold.

    I don't recall their name right now, but, they can Rot as far as I'm concerned.
    Last edited by JohnMcD348; 05-22-2012 at 08:49 PM.
    05-22-2012 08:44 PM
  23. eric12341's Avatar
    I really liked the Mozilla iterations for the WinMo devices and used them pretty exclusively from MiniMo to Firefox

    Yes. There was another Browser out for WM for awhile that was really good and beat IE hands down. But, after they ran it for awhile on WM and got all the kinks worked out, they shut down the external servers for the WM users and went into the Droid and, I think, iOS market, leaving us in the cold.

    I don't recall their name right now, but, they can Rot as far as I'm concerned.
    minimo was a horrible browser for WM even worse than opera 9.5, there were so many unbearable cons with all the 3rd party browsers in WM that I just decided to use IE in 6.1.21052 and above.
    05-22-2012 09:26 PM
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