Posts Tagged ‘android’

Destroy all the activities!

These past few days, an influx of reports have arrived with users reporting that the new Firefox on Android will ‘ultimately fail to properly load web-pages’ as strongly convened from investigating the multiple reports.

Turns out for whatever reason folks seem to be enabling a tucked away Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwhich) developer option — ‘Don’t keep activities‘ with the description: ‘Destroy every activity as soon as the user leaves it’, which means that Gecko is likely killed when a user tries to visit a URL from the browser’s ‘Awesome Screen’.

As Kevin Brosnan points out in our tracking bug 769269,

Firefox requires a background activity because of its hybrid Java/C++ design

It is a nice find and an interesting case. Moral of the story please keep this developer option disabled to prevent destruction of all the activities!

Android 4.0 (Developer Options)