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New Mobile Streaming Options Are Coming From Firefox Beta

September 12, 2014

A couple of months ago, Mozilla announced Firefox Beta for Android. The idea was that it offers other features that differentiate it from Chrome. One major example is if you are trying to branch out from Google search, Firefox will automatically search Bing, Yahoo, Amazon, Twitter, Wikipedia and not to be left out, Google simultaneously from the address bar.

On September 11, 2014, Mozilla released Firefox for Android Beta 33. In this latest incarnation a new feature has been added which is a send to device video streaming feature. Thanks to faster networks and larger data packages people are streaming a lot more videos on their mobile devices. This is great because you can watch videos from where ever you are. The problem, of course, is that your smartphone screen may not be large enough to really see what you are looking at.

Foxfire for Android Beta solved that issue. The new feature allows you to stream videos on your mobile device and send it to a TV or any other second screen that you want. The way it works is that once you enter a site from your Android device that has an embedded video, you will see an icon in the address bar.

This will give you an indication that you can have the ability to begin streaming. Once you tap on the icon, you will be presented with a list of connected devices that you can stream to. You will have the ability to control the video through a media control bar that will appear at the bottom of the screen. Another feature is that you can continue to browse the Web and search other sites without affecting the video stream.

The plugin-free browser protocol for streaming audio, video and data, is powered by WebRTC. A new service from Firefox will allow video calls between Firefox Beta users for free. It is a simple matter of adding the speech bubble icon to your toolbar. Firefox also includes a series of Home Panels that users can add to the browser. These are Web apps from popular services like Pocket, Instagram, or Vimeo.

Basically we are seeing two new Firefox betas. One is the Android Beta that focuses on media, allowing you to stream videos to Roku and Chromecast. Roku does require an extra step since you have to first add the Firefox Channel to your Roku service. The second is Firefox’s competition for Skype by creating a free in-browser for video calls on the desktop.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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