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Today Mozilla showed off something that seems like it's an amazing addition to its software portfolio: a Firefox Android homescreen launcher. That would be huge news, if it weren't for the fact that Mozilla invested in the promising launcher Everything.me (later rebranded EverythingMe) in November of 2012, eventually making its search-focused interface a core part of the Firefox mobile OS, which is just now getting off the ground. Now Mozilla and EverythingMe are showing off a tweaked version of that app, rebranded as Firefox Launcher for Android.

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The preview is a single screenshot, and to be honest, it looks nearly identical to the current version of EverythingMe (with the obvious addition of a big Firefox shortcut). Mozilla says that it's integrated its famous browser and EverythingMe's contextual search into a single experience, though it's not clear exactly what that means. Will this be a single app with two distinct functions, like the Google Experience Launcher bundled with the Google Search app, or just a heavily-promoted standard launcher? There's no news on that front at the moment.

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A promotional image from EverythingMe's Play Store page.

Mozilla says that development is currently in the pre-beta stage, and that updates will be coming in the near future. We're not getting any more specifics, so in the meantime, you can check out Cody Toombs' exhaustive look at the current version of EveythingMe.

Source: Mozilla via TechCrunch

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Cheeseball

    That is a clean looking launcher. I'll give it a shot when it comes out.

  • anon

    I'm going to be quite disappointed with Mozilla if this isn't opensource... but as everything.me isn't (or, at least, it doesn't seems to be) my hopes are very low.

    • C

      It will be open-source. Its easy to not be evil, when you're a non-profit.

    • Rickin

      probably gpl

  • http://joshuatumanda.com/ Joshua Tumanda

    slick and clean

  • axel

    Did anyone else noticed the phone outline is an iPhone? O_o ....

    • O’s Fan91

      Yes!

    • David Margolin

      android iphone -- ap confirmed

    • TheUndertaker21

      no it's NOT iSHIT

    • Vitaly Streltsov

      Almost... Iphone 5+ has sensor left to the speaker and camera above it.

    • blackk

      lol!

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    There's the GNL.
    And then there's this.

  • Sam Del Valle

    This looks good.

  • Ndatoo

    Just clear the bottom row of icons and it will be perfect. I like clean looking launcher.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I'd argue it's easier to have a clean home screen when there are icons on the bottom

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        I don't think he meant the hotseat icons/dock, I think he meant literally the last row of shortcuts.

  • Frank Lopez

    hmm you can get this right now but downloading everythingme. Whats the big deal again?

    • ku

      Foss

  • maniel

    yeah, cannot be installed in my country;/

  • Roman Rage

    Well, This is found to be great. i think most of people still using default browser in Asia they can't see a big different using Mozilla or default.. Please had a review here too : http://www.thegeekyglobe.com/mozilla-and-everythingme-preview-firefox-launcher.html