I attended the Mozilla on Android impromptu meeting at the London office yesterday. Although I was quite tired I found it all really informative and quite enjoyed the presentations. Since it was all organised in a very quick/improvised way, many people couldn’t attend, so I’ll quickly go through what they covered in case anyone is/was interested.
Did you know that you can get a Nightly version of Firefox for Android without getting your hands dirty with Mercurial or a compiler or even have to launch Eclipse at all? Yes, you can! Here’s how!
There are two ways of accomplishing this. First I’ll show you the scenic route, which involves connecting your Android device to your computer:
Download the latest build of Nightly for Android from http://nightly.mozilla.org/. Just in case of doubt, it’s in the Mobile row, and it should be an .apk file. If unsure about choosing the ARMv6 version or not, just choose the non-ARMv6 one.
I got an update notification a couple days ago. I must be one of the few users which does actually read the messages, and I noticed that this app now requires accessing contacts data. Up to which extent?
To this (I highlighted the most shocking parts):
READ YOUR CONTACTS
Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your tablet, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
MODIFY YOUR CONTACTS
Allows the app to modify the data about your contacts stored on your tablet, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific contacts. This permission allows apps to delete contact data.
Twitter, do you really need to know about my private contacts? Really?
Yes, I know a solution is to root my phone, install something like Cyanogen and reject nasty permissions on each individual nasty app. Another solution is that corporations behave ethically and stop data mining us.
Although probably the first solution has more chances to actually be implemented than the second. Or maybe I could just uninstall the app altogether! :-D
Remember I told you the tablet I was given at Google I/O 2011 decided to kill itself a couple weeks ago? Well, I’m proud to announce that I’ve been able to resuscitate it!
I basically followed this guide, but with some differences. For the sake of posterity, and just in case the tablet decides to commit suicide again in the future, I’m going to write the steps I followed here:
The Google Developer’s Group DevFest Barcelona 2012 (or GDG DevFest BCN for short) edition was held past Friday the 9th of November.
I didn’t take as many notes this year, instead I turned to drawing a few speakers and live-tweeting the others (with pics, because otherwise it didn’t happen).