Mozilla announced its first major update to Firefox Reality, an open source cross-platform browser for AR and VR headphones, which supports seven new languages in addition to a few other new features.
Looking back briefly, Mozilla first released Firefox Reality in April as a simpler way for manufacturers to integrate browsers into their headphones and tailor them to their needs. Firefox Reality supported HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Wave platforms at launch, but later served as downloads for HTC Viveport, Oculus Go and Daydream.
So far, Firefox Reality only supports English, but in version 1.1 of the browser, it will also meet French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese and Korean.
Image above: Firefox Reality: Choose your language
In addition, Firefox Reality will now support voice search in these seven languages, as well as an upgraded cinema viewing mode that can be used in conjunction with 360-degree video.
Above: Firefox Reality: Voice Search
Elsewhere, the new Firefox Reality browser now offers search advice in the URL bar, and it supports bookmarks.
Although most major headphone manufacturers already offer their own browsers, Firefox Reality may attract some users to synchronize across platforms, which means they can access the same bookmarks and browse history in Oculus Go as they do on mobile phones or laptops. Currently, bookmarking in Firefox Reality is limited to local storage and viewing; however, Mozilla says cross-device synchronization will come soon.
Above: Firefox Reality: Bookmarks
According to IDC data, the global AR and VR market is estimated to reach $18 billion this year, about double the level in 2017 - which could increase to $100 billion by 2023.
We see a lot of money and resources being invested in next generation devices for VR, AR and hybrid reality. Amazon-backed North recently launched Alexa holographic glasses for $999, and Acer launched a removable OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality headset with built-in speakers. Elsewhere, Varjo, a Finnish startup, raised $31 million for industrial VR headphones with eye resolution, while Mojo Vision launched its stealth computing AR platform with more than $50 million.
This is the environment Mozilla is trying to adapt Firefox to. Future platforms tend to be VR, AR and hybrid reality, and "voice" plays a key role in interface interaction.
In the future, Mozilla says it is considering support for cross-browser content sharing, multiple windows and tags, and other functions that you will undoubtedly be familiar with on other platforms.
Firefox Reality 1.1 today launched Viveport, Oculus and Daydream headphones.