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In short, it's because of the different ways that Android and MS Windows are distributed. MS Windows is a retail product, sold directly to PC owners. Therefore, Microsoft is responsible for making it run on PCs. PCs are standardized, and (nowadays) have a hardware-discovery mechanism, so Microsoft can design the Windows installer so that it can run on any ...


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Besides the points mentioned in Lie Ryan's answer, there is one big issue people tend to underestimate: Drivers. Remember Windows 95? Most people remember it as a bad and unstable OS. Why was it unstable? Because the drivers came in the beginning not from Microsoft but from the hardware manufacturers and some (most?) of them where of poor quality, crashing ...


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In the current Firefox 28 the issue is solved by setting browser.search.loadFromJars to false in about:config. Then only the search engines I added myself are shown.


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The first problem is space. Most phone until recently have too little storage space to contain the entire generic kernel and android framework. A compounding issue is that phone hardware is generally more variant and less standardized than PC hardware, which can be unavoidable due to the limited space. The other problem is that there no single standard for ...


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At least my version of Chrome (32.0.1700.107) on OS X has a menu called Mobile Bookmarks under Bookmarks, where I can see my phone's bookmarks. And I can add bookmarks to my desktop Chrome from Android from Menu -> Favorite (the star) -> Folder -> Desktop bookmarks. Try using Chrome Beta for Android if yours doesn't have that feature.


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You can still disable the search engines if you have root access to your device. Specifically, you need to pull and modify the file search.json. On my device, I have: adb pull /data/data/org.mozilla.firefox/files/mozilla/rbn69ru0.default/search.json Now, by default, this file doesn't format everything nicely, so you can use something like ...


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Although you can't remove search engines from Firefox for Android any more (which I think is the wrong decision for them to have made, personally), you can at least reorder the list, which almost makes up for not being able to remove search engines (I really don't want to ever use Bing, thanks Firefox). To reorder the list, go into Settings > Customise > ...


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From the Firefox for Android page : Installation requires [...] 384MB of RAM. Your device has only 256MB. You can always try to install the nightly version, although it may be unstable. Or you can search on google for a stable firefox apk.


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Ghostery for Firefox has been reworked to enable it to work with Firefox for Android. Click the link, install and enjoy not broadcasting everything you do to everybody.


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I'm not sure if it worked this way back when you asked the question, but this can be done without an addon. Change Firefox settings to tap-to-play plugins if not already set. Then click the video link to open the file. Firefox will not play the video if tap-to-play is set to on. Instead of tapping to play, long-tap the video placeholder until you are ...


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At Firefox Android Add-Ons, there is a recent add-on that is just what you want: Mobile Image Blocker v1.0 Speed up browsing on mobile connections and use less data by blocking all images. Working on images defined in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


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There is Stylish add-on for the Dolphin Browser.



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