Firefox 7 Now Available, Still No Flash


Firefox 7 has been released, and while we’re always glad to see Mozilla making progress, I can’t help but to point out that many people aren’t using this browser due to the lack of Flash. It’s still not quite as smooth as other browsers. The features, while nice, are quite useless to me if I have to move over to another browser to access flash content. This update adds a few new things, but we’re not sure if a list this small warranted a major version increase. Check them out below:

  1. Improved copy and paste: Copy any site content and paste to other applications, SMS, or text fields
  2. Built-in language detection on first run
  3. WebSockets API: Powerful tool for Web developers to build responsive Web apps and sites

If you’re a fan of Firefox in its current state, go ahead and have at it. The rest of us will continue bugging Mozilla to add the one feature that could get everyone to switch over. [Market]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Can anyone explain to me why firefox mobile still does not have flash?

  2. “I can’t help but to point out that many people aren’t using this browser due to the lack of Flash.”

    And until they add it, I won’t use it.

  3. Firefox is the best home browser, but for mobile no way! One thing that puts Android ahead of IOS is the ability to have flash. If Firefox is going to take that away from me then forget.

  4. Its a complete mystery

  5. This is just rediculous. They need to drop everything else and get flash onto this, until they have it there really is no reason this software has to exist.

  6. Funny, I don’t have flash installed on my phone and don’t miss it one bit. I don’t use firefox because it simply isn’t better than the built-in browser on my n1.

  7. Flash sucks. Flash on mobile sucks even more.

    I say, good riddance. The more we bend over and take it from Adobe, the more sites will continue to use 200K flash apps for something that could be done in 5K of DHTML. Like dynamic/pulldown menus.

    Website designers have been smoking the Adobe crack way too long. They need to realize that not only is Flash not the best solution for the job, but there’s an entire, growing market of their visitors for whom it’s not even an option.

    Firefox on Android bugs me because it’s bloated and runs like molasses. But its lack of Flash support is a good thing in my book. We need MORE web-enabled devices without any Flash at all.

    1. You probably didn’t notice, but there’s no soap box here for you to stand on. You’re actually just standing on bullshit.

  8. Dolphin HD is my browser of choice.

  9. Beginning to lose faith in Firefox….

  10. Get Chromemarks to sync your Chrome bookmarks back and forth. This makes for a great browser on Android. Though, I still can not wrap my head around why Google has yet to include syncing nativly in their mobile browser ???!!!???
    For me, it’s all about being able to sync my Chrome bookmarks.

  11. “but we’re not sure if a list this small warranted a major version increase”

    For a tech blog you guys don’t really keep up. Mozilla has switched to a rapid time base release cycle of 6 weeks. Whatever feature stabilized in time get in, that’s it. Think chrome. Its a really grearnqay to keep features rollmg out quickly and not letting releases get blocked by one feature hitting a blocker

  12. No flash = no deal.

  13. Discussion about the pros/cons of flash v html5 are geek-based. From a user point of view it is quite simple. There are a lot of web pages that don’t render content when using Firefox mobile and DO when using other browsers. This is a fact as of today and makes Firefox less capable than the competition.

    Most people will never understand all of the benefits it (edit – Benefits of HTML5 over Flash) brings when they are overshadowed by the obvious weakness of existing flash pages not working.

  14. Flash is terrible… Memory hog.. nobody should use it. The retards that have no.idea about the pros and cons of flash still think its necessary.

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