It's time to remove plugin support from Firefox mobile

Anthony Hughes ahughes at mozilla.com
Fri May 10 12:11:35 PDT 2013


+1

Anthony Hughes
QA Engineer, Desktop Firefox
Mozilla Corporation


----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Keeler" <dkeeler at mozilla.com>
> To: mobile-firefox-dev at mozilla.org
> Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 10:54:38 AM
> Subject: It's time to remove plugin support from Firefox mobile
> 
> [bcc'd to many lists for wide visibility - discussion should probably
> be
> on mobile.firefox.dev
> (https://mail.mozilla.org/listinfo/mobile-firefox-dev )]
> 
> 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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