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Mozilla is edging towards Firefox for Ouya

Android console seen showing unusable version
Tue Jan 22 2013, 15:49

SOFTWARE SHOP Mozilla is working on a version of its Firefox web browser for the upcoming Android based Ouya games console.

News of the work was reported on the Ouyaforum website and confirmed by a Mozilla developer on Twitter.

Chris Lord, a Mozilla staffer, posted a screenshot of Firefox running on the console, but admitted that it is not enjoying a smooth ride so far. His comment was "kinda unusable atm."

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Lord is not named as the developer who gave the skinny to the Ouyaforum poster and the information is light. We know that Mozilla is working to make something that is unusable into something workable.

"We're investigating what we need to do to make Firefox usable on Ouya. It already works and we have some preliminary patches for gamepad support, but there's still quite a bit of work to be done to make it really usable," is their quote.

"Part of this work will be making sure that WebGL and Canvas support performs well on the device, and making sure that the relevant APIs (such as Gamepad API) are also supported."

The Ouya console is in the hands of developers now, and is expected to be released this Spring. It is likely to cost under £100 and will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. µ

 

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