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Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby Moonchild » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:45 am

Note: this build is for testing purposes only and is at all times used at your own risk. It may be unstable and may crash, do unexpected things, erase your files or set your hair on fire.

I've built a public beta version of Pale Moon for Android (ARMv7 or later). If you are feeling adventurous and want to give it a try, you can do so by downloading the package from the Pale Moon FTP server and installing it. I may add it to the Google Play store later on, but for now the installation method isn't much more difficult.

Note: if you haven't done so yet, you should enable the installation of Apps from "unknown sources" in your Android system settings, under Security, to allow Apps to install from other sources than the Google Play market.

How to install:
  1. Download the .apk from the Pale Moon FTP server using the built-in web browser. If your built-in web browser has trouble with the FTP link provided, you can alternatively download the .apk over http.
  2. Open it with the Package Installer
  3. Give it the requested permissions

This will add a Pale Moon icon to your Android device which you can tap to open the browser.

Known issues with this beta version:
  1. Installing mobile extensions from addons.mozilla.org doesn't work.
    To make it work, you will have to go to about:config and toggle general.useragent.compatMode.firefox to true

Constructive feedback appreciated! If you have an issue to report, please be descriptive, thanks!

EDIT: Sync should work to synchronize with your Pale Moon desktop version.
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Reason: Added http link + Note about "Unknown sources"
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby access2godzilla » Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:19 pm

The in-built browser seems to be unable to handle the FTP URL, at least on my device. You may need to serve it via HTTP.
BTW, you may also want to mention the "Enable unknown sources", otherwise people won't be able to sideload APKs.
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby Moonchild » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:27 pm

Thanks, I didn't have any issues myself but I gather some mobile browsers are going to be very limited... Added HTTP link + Note about the unknown sources thing..
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby madriss » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:28 pm

Awesome news! Downloaded it right away and it's working well so far on my Nexus 5. Will start using this as default and let you know if I run into anything funky :D

Thanks a lot for including the double tap to reflow option already :thumbup: Although, I'm struggling to see the difference between it being on or off to be honest. Hope you won't mind me mentioning that I wish there was an option to have it reflow when zooming in (e.g. how Opera or Dolphin do it), it makes things so much more readable. I hear it used to work like that in Firefox Mobile 23 but then it got taken away. Google took it away too so it doesn't work in Chrome either or any other app that uses Android's web view :( Don't know what they were thinking! Maybe you will be able to resurrect it from Firefox 23 into Pale Moon one day :shifty: it would be a near perfect browser for me with that feature!

Anyway nice job, great beta.
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby Moonchild » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:06 pm

Scratch my previous (now deleted) post.
I had a closer look at the double-tap-to-reflow setting and it is, in fact, the reflow-on-zoom setting - just renamed. (browser.zoom.reflowOnZoom).
As far as I can tell it works properly. Keep in mind that text reflow will not occur on pages where the constraining element (e.g. a table, div or block) has a fixed width.
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby madriss » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:19 pm

I didn't see your previous post but that's awesome if that's the case :D however it definitely doesn't seem to be working for me, I'm trying this test page I found:
http://david.von-oheimb.de/tmp/test-reflow.html

I've attached a pic of Opera's implementation of it, beside Pale Moon which does nothing.

Also, this shows the best I can get out of double tapping - all it really does is zooms in/out to a level that makes the text fit the screen width, which doesn't really help as it's still tiny:
http://i.imgur.com/wfLZeOK.jpg
(Firefox seems to do the exact same thing)

Thanks again for looking at this, I know it's not a Firefox feature anymore and that it's very early days :)
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby lobocursor » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:37 pm

I am looking the Android version in my Polaroid 4.0.3 tablet. Finally I can browse on this thing!!! So far it need some brnding touches since the task of Health Report and some config screens still says Firefox. I will see if Ifind a tool for made screenshoots meanwhile I will kiss goodbye-farewell to Opera! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! AT LAST!

EDIT: Screenshoots Added odd colors from lame screenshot app that want payment for made decent ones.

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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby Moonchild » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:38 pm

We'll just have to call it a limited feature then.
It does reflow text if you focus on one part of the text with double-tap, and surrounding text would flow off the screen. It does not reflow-on-pinch when zooming in, which is what you are looking for. The page you pointed to has already-flowed text, and of course double-tapping that text won't do anything because you're zooming to the width of the already-flowed text element. You can configure default text inflation as well, but that's not what you want.

I think there's a way I can make the text reflow on both zoom in and out (it currently only does so on zooming out), but I'll have to test that.
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby ashdav » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:09 pm

I've found that pinch and expand doesn't work with any website.Previously used Opera mini which does do this.
Double tap reflow doesn't do anything.
I'm using Cyanogenmod 10.3 on a Galaxy S2.
This is just for feedback not criticism.
Would be nice to have the ability to set a homepage rather than the most used.
It's a bit too close to the Firefox browser at the moment.
Early days but keep up the good work.
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Re: Pale Moon for Android public beta!

Postby madriss » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:22 pm

Yeah I meant reflow as in, when you zoom into a block of text to make it bigger, it would force that text to fit the width of the screen at the zoomed size by applying some sort of text wrapping such that there's no sidescrolling needed to read it, (see the Pale Moon screenshot vs the Opera one). Neither Firefox or Pale Moon do this on tapping, zooming in, or zooming out right now.
(Double tap doesn't really seem to reflow anything, it just auto-zooms to a level where the text block happens to fit the width of the screen, which of course on that example page yes it means just zooming out entirely, or doing nothing if you're already zoomed out, like you say).

I've downloaded the old Firefox 23 version now and taken a screenshot to show you what it was exactly that I was referring to and hoping might get brought back. The implementation is far from perfect and not as good as Opera's, which is why it got removed I think, but having the option available was a lot better than nothing.

Not sure how hard it would be to get that code out of Firefox 23 but just wanted to make sure the suggestion was out there, I know a lot of people were disappointed when it got removed and it was a good feature for accessibility. Version 23 was from July last year and as far as I know Mozilla don't care about this or intend to improve it & put it back :(
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