It's time to remove plugin support from Firefox mobile

David Keeler dkeeler at mozilla.com
Fri May 10 10:54:38 PDT 2013


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TL;DR: Now is a good time to remove plugin support from Firefox for Android.

Consider:
* We do not support plugins for Firefox OS and do not plan to
* The only plugin that most users care about is Flash. Adobe stopped
development for Flash on Android in November of 2011, which is a year
and a half ago[1].
* Popular sites that use plugins have native apps. This includes
YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and so on. Other sites can follow suit or use
modern web technologies like HTML5. Addons are also an option.
* Plugins are a security hazard
* Plugins drain battery life and make Firefox seem slow

Let's be bold, let's protect our users, and let's move the web forward.

[1] http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2011/11/flash-focus.html


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