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Mozilla plans to make Pocket a built-in add-on in Firefox after user backlash

Mozilla plans to make Pocket a built-in add-on in Firefox after user backlash

by AshwinNovember 9, 2015

Mozilla has announced that it will be moving the built-in feature Pocket partially.

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The browser maker integrated the reading service, into its browser Firefox 38.0.5, which was released in June this year.

While it’s a good web service, the move was met with severe criticism from users. The backlash was triggered by the simple fact that not everyone uses Pocket. So why did Mozilla think it would be a brilliant idea to integrate the third party service in the browser? Live and learn I: guess.

And learn it has, as a new announcement made on the bug tracking service, Bugzilla, reveals that Firefox will soon come without Pocket as a feature. Instead, Mozilla will be making Pocket as an add-on for the browser. Yes, it will still come pre-installed in the browser. But you will be able to disable it.

One of Mozilla’s developers, Shane Caraveo, was the person who made the bug track report, which is called Bug 1215694.

This is what he said about the change:

We’re moving pocket to a built-in addon.  This will facilitate user choice (I rip the pockets off everything I own), alternate firefox distributions that do not want to include the feature, etc.  As well it will help to identify any potential issues with using add-ons for feature implementation.

Alternate Firefox distibutions he refers to are probably WaterFox, Palemoon and the like. The important thing to note here is that Caraveo did not mention which version of Firefox will bring the new add-on, but the bug report has been filed for Firefox 44. While that doesn’t say for certain that Pocket will be moved to add-on mode, from the said version, it is a hint that the change could happen soon.

Mozilla Firefox 44 is currently available in the Aurora channel. It will be released to the beta channel in the 2nd week of December, according to the company’s release calendar. Considering that the current stable version is Mozilla Firefox 42, we could see the version hitting the stable channel sometime early next year.

For once we feel that Mozilla is making the right decision, and we certainly applaud it. Mozilla has been drawing the ire of users with its recent announcements, including the upcoming new WebExtensions API, which will bring Chrome extensions for Firefox. And, taking yet another leaf out of the Mountain View company’s books, Mozilla plans to enable individual tab based memory handling to Firefox, with the upcoming e10s Electrolysis technology.

Both of these changes could result in the end of many a popular add-on, as they require completely reworked scripts, which not every developer is willing to do.