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Firefox Stable Hits v36, Has New Tablet UI, HTTP/2 Support, Unfixed Chromecast Streaming Bug

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Firefox Stable Hits v36, Has New Tablet UI, HTTP/2 Support, Unfixed Chromecast Streaming Bug
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Firefox’s stable release channel for Android has bumped up to version 36.0 after spending about a month in beta. The most notable change in this update is a completely revamped tablet interface, which better uses larger screens and makes the app look more like its desktop counterpart.

There is now a full-screen version of the tab switcher, which might make management of large numbers of pages easier. A developer of the new look says that this page will be receiving several new features in the future that utilize the empty space better.

For reference, here’s a snap of how things looked on tablets before the update, in Firefox 35.0.1:

Note that all but the current tab were out of view if you didn’t enter the (less obtrusive) tab switcher.

The other headlining change is added support for HTTP/2, the new protocol that just received approval by the IETF, making it the future standard for the entire web. This won’t mean a lot to end users, especially at this stage, but it’s a signal that Firefox has no plans to cease being a modern browser.

While not specific to v36, this update will not fix a new bug that prevents Chromecast tab mirroring from working properly. The ability to mirror tabs (a la Chrome) appeared in v34 and was working when v35 made the stable channel. According to Mozilla’s bug tracker, the apparent cause of the lost functionality is an update to Chromecast, not Firefox. The device can no longer parse the video codec coming from Firefox, so you’ll get nothing but a blank screen when you try to mirror. Users may be disappointed to see that no fix is present yet, and it looks like v38 is the target version for it.

There are many other under-the-hood tweaks in the update. For those, check out Mozilla’s release notes.

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  1. Bro, call the CT Care Centre and enquire if they have a satellite branch close to where you are. (021) 551 5534It is also important to clear the phone’s cache after an update, otherwise there might be conflict between new and old information. (if you need help with that, let me know) Good luck.

  2. You haven’t broken anything to me. Many small devs won’t have much to advertise. But this is brand new, so I am not sure how you know it would cost thousands to advertise in search pages like this.
    One assumption I am making is that this would be similar to Adwords and use an auction and keyword system like standard search result pages. If that’s the case, who knows what the costs would be for someone to come to your app through the ad. Could be pretty cheap depending on what they want to advertise on.
    A few hundred dolla1 a month could get a lot of traffic to your app page and get some initial downloads to get the ball rolling. If the app is something the dev wants to build into a bigger opportunity, that could be a pretty minimal cost.
    Or I could be entirely wrong and this will be a “who pays Google the most” system, in which case, yes, it’ll be entirely useless for small devs.

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