We’ve seen some fantastic, new mobile add-on submissions over the past few weeks and months. Many new mobile add-ons for Firefox consider the capabilities and attributes of the mobile device, utilizing geolocation, screen size and mobile usability best practices, to name a few.
After reviewing a multitude of submissions and much debate around many worthy contenders, the judges from the AMO and Mobile teams have chosen ten (10) of the “best” (innovative, useful, compatible) Firefox mobile add-ons. We’re very pleased to announce our winners (and thrilled to start using their add-ons soon) and award them each with a brand new Nokia N900.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Mobile Add-on Challenge!
Our ten Challenge Winners are as follows:
- AutoPager by Wind Li
AutoPager automatically loads the next page of a site inline when you reach the end of the current page for infinite scrolling of content. It includes an adblock-type feature to allow you filter out the ads from the contents in the loaded page contents. By default, AutoPager works with a ton of sites, including Lifehacker, the New York Times, Digg, Google, etc.
- Flux by Marcio Galli
Flux lets you take a screen shot a of Web page, draw on top of it, and save it to a local device or upload it to flickr. Check the demo of usage here.
- Geoguide by Fabice Desre
Geoguide uses the geolocation service to provide localized information : map, pictures, weather, events and wikipedia entries.
- Hold4Tab by Almog B
With Hold4Tab you can open a hyperlink in a new tab. Just press on the link for a second and a half and the link will be opened as a new tab.
- Lazy Click by Tamas Marki
Lazy Click fixes missed clicks by applying them to the closest clickable object (link, button). This is especially useful on touchscreen displays, where it can be challenging to hit a smaller link or button with your finger.
- Mobilize by Attila Csipa
Mobilize allows you to switch to mobile versions of sites. Is the Internet slow, are you in a weak-signal area? Is a site ‘too much’ for your device? Mobilize employs two strategies to find mobile versions of sites: 1. Use a predefined set of rules for sites that have special URL schemes (like facebook, amazon, google, wikipedia, slashdot, etc). 2. If no rule was found, apply some common naming schemes (like m. or mobile. prefix in domain name). Sites that fall into this group are engadget, digg, reddit and many more. This way a Firefox mobile user can switch to a mobile site without fiddling with the URL.
- NearMe, by Richard Klein
Near Me helps you locate businesses in your vicinity by using your geolocation and running a local search. Near Me comes with several preset searches along with the ability to search for any other local item.
- Fastest Scroll in the West by Enrico Previdi
This add-on solves a usability problem for the navigation in long or large pages on mobile phones. When you are on a long page, you can click the button on the left sidebar to activate a fast scroll. This is useful with big images as well.
- TwitterBar by Chris Finke
TwitterBar allows you to post to Twitter from Firefox’s address bar. A small Twitter icon sits to the right of your address bar; clicking on it will post your tweet, and you can hover your mouse over it to see how many characters you have left. You can also post by typing “–post” at the end of your tweet. Clicking the Twitter icon when visiting a Web page will send a tweet containing the URL of the Web page you are currently viewing.
- Yummy by Nicolas Martin
Add Feed support (RSS, Atom,…). Feed Viewer, Feed discovery in the visited pages, possibilities to subscribe to them as Live Bookmarks, and visualize updated Feed in your Bookmarks (bold) and their number.