Posts Tagged ‘PR1.2’

Firefox 13 for MeeGo Harmattan

June 25, 2012

Firefox keeps getting updated at a regular pace for the Nokia N9, version 11 and 12 came in a quick succession and now Firefox 13 has arrived at the Nokia Store.

After a failed initial release and a few days missing from the Nokia Store, I was successfully able to install it and run the SunSpider javascript benchmark.

The test ran in approximately the same time as the previous version, which is also, more or less, the same time the PR1.2 stock browser took to complete it: definitely not a brilliant result although acceptable if we took the not so high-end SoC into consideration.

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Firefox 12 for the N9 just released

April 30, 2012

Back in February I witnessed the release of Firefox 10 for the Nokia N9. In March Firefox 11 was released and now Firefox 12 arrived to the N9 Nokia Store!

While overall I believe there’s a slight improvement on the browser performance, there is a couple of things I didn’t like:

  • The update from v11 failed to install. Although it downloaded the installation package successfully the phone wasn’t able to complete the update. Rebooting the phone didn’t help. I had to uninstall Firefox v11 first and then I was able to install Firefox v12. Not a very elegant solution for a problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
  • The javascript performance not only didn’t improve but actually got worse. Not slightly worse but significantly worse: 3845.1 ms, which is disappointing compared to the result Firefox v10 achieved (3284.8 ms).
Meanwhile I finally got the PR1.2 update. It took a long time to receive it because apparently Nokia delayed almost two months the release of the update for the unlocked “Country Variant” devices like mine. I installed it as an update over the air (OTA).
Now I’m wondering if this kind of delta update is somehow influencing the bad Firefox 12 javascript performance and if I had used NSU (Nokia Software Updater) to install the complete PR1.2 firmware image would have helped the overall phone performance.

Firefox 11 released for Nokia N9

March 14, 2012

In a previous blog post I wondered if Firefox 11 was going to bring some javascript performance enhancements.

Firefox v11.0 was recently released on the Nokia Store for the N9 and I’ve just ran the SunSpider benchmark on it.

Unfortunately, as you can see above, Firefox 11 not only did not improve the performance over the previous version, but the result actually got worst, taking 3387.1 ms to complete the test while Firefox 10 took 3284.8 ms to complete it, around 100 ms less than the latest version.

MeeGo / Harmattan PR1.2 update for the N9 was officialy released a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately, the “Country Variant” firmware version of my N9 is yet to receive the update, so I’m still not able to enjoy all the new features and hopefully the performance improvements.