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Mozilla Reflects on 2012 Successes, Claims Users Love “Do Not Track”

by Maximum PC | December 22, 2012December 22, 2012 6:00 am PST

Mozilla comments on what they got right in 2012.

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In terms of market share, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have been trading blows, angling for the coveted second place title all year. Firefox has continued to decline, but loses on all sides are leveling out, and Chrome isn’t seeing the huge gains it once did. This has given Mozilla the confidence they need going into 2013. Vice President of Engineering Johnathan Nightingale shared his own opinion on what they got right, and which of the company’s many new initiatives have been resonating well with the Firefox community.

The three biggest successes for Firefox in 2012, as described by Nightingale, are performance improvements on its desktop browser, Firefox for Android, and the do not track feature. Firefox for Android will probably never overtake the built in Android browser, but 28,000+ reviews have them averaging 4 stars in the Google Play Store, and the company’s commitment to performance on lower-powered ArmV6 devices is commendable.

On the do not track front Mozilla claims 19% of mobile users activate the feature, and 8% hunt down the on switch for desktop editions. This might sound low, but when you compare this to other features that are “off” by default, it’s actually quite massive. Of course you could also make the argument that open source users probably have a higher concern for privacy, but its still an interesting new development.

Did you leave or re-join Firefox this year? Let us know in the comments below.


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