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Is Firefox a red panda or a fire fox? Does that question make you insomniac? But which animal is represented by the Firefox logo?

At We Love Panda we don't only worship the big clumsy bear dressed in black and white, no no ... We worship all species of course and the whole red panda! And we have been asked many times what is the logo of Firefox, so instead of answering you one by one we decided to write this article.

Conclusion of our investigations? Well, the Firefox logo can represent both animals! But hey, at the very beginning of the creation of the logo the idea in mind was the red panda!

In this blog you will learn the following things:

  • Why is the Firefox logo a red panda?
  • Why would the Firefox logo be a fox?
  • The Browser War

Firefox, a red panda or a fox?

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Source: Red Panda Plush (We Love Panda©)

1) Firefox the red panda

Firefox is the English translation of its Chinese nickname hǔo hú 火狐, fire fox, by reference to its color. Since its creation, the meaning of Firefox has always been "red panda". The red panda has also been the mascot of Mozilla Firefox since the beginning. Besides, Mozilla has distributed red panda stuffed animals and has adopted small pandas in several zoos.

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    2) Firefox the fox

    The designer was inspired by the literal translation of Firefox and drew a burning fox. The reference to the fox is  easier for marketing teams who play on the cunning attached to the fox. The red panda, native to the Himalayas and the mountains of Asia, does not speak to them at all.

    So, the Firefox logo always has a fox icon surrounding a globe. And Foxy, the living Firefox mascot, does turn into a fox, no doubt about it.

    mascot red panda firefox

    So yes, Firefox is a red panda with a fox logo stuck on it...

    What is a web browser?

    An internet browser is an interface between a human and internet: it allows you to browse the web.

    The web browser connects to websites, downloads the elements of the web page (texts, images, sounds, videos etc...) and displays them on the screen. Thanks to web mails, the browser also allows the user to consult, manage, send and receive email. In the context of SaaS software, it is even now possible to run software via the browser.

    There are many web browsers, there is a non-exhaustive list of browsers: Firefox web browser, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera etc... These are browsers for Windows, for Linux, for macOS, iOS, or for Android, on different digital media (computers, smartphones, tablets, game consoles etc...).

    Special feature of web browsers: they are free software! All you have to do is go to the browser's website then download, install and use it for free.

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    Source: We Love panda© Store

    Why is Firefox the best browser?

    This fast browser was first known as Phoenix and then Fire bird, Firefox. It's today one of the best web browsers! There are of course today several web browsers that allow us to access everything on the Internet. Such as the free web browser Google Chrome developed by Google in 2008, or Edge browser the new web browser from Microsoft, created in 2015, designed to replace Internet Explorer. All are free browsers and you can install on your computer easily and quickly.

    Firefox browser is one of Chrome Google's alternative browsers and the fastest browser. The most used browser is still the Google Chrome browser. But unfortunately Google's entire business model is based on monitoring your online activity. Google does not respect web standards by using the private data of Internet users. It is your private data that helps Google dominate the online advertising market. You should check up your security settings. The priority for Firefox is above all the right to privacy, with tools such as private browsing, protection against tracking. Thanks to tools that go far beyond what Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge offer.

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    Source: T-shirt Panda Pop (We Love Panda©)

    Browser Wars

    Popular browsers dominate the internet browsers market but lately Firefox and Edge have been in the news. Indeed, Edge has stolen Firefox's small second place on our laptops and desktops. Not by much, but it's still an important event. With a market share of 7.59% in March 2020, Microsoft's new browser is working well, although it has only been available in its new form for a few months.

    Firefox's lag is not huge, the browser is right behind Edge. It is even bumper-to-bumper with Edge: it accounts for 7.19% of the market share. Mozilla's browser continues to be used and installed by users who do not trust Chrome - the most popular browser with 68.5% market share.

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    The Firefox Plush

    So, we saw that the Firefox logo could be a red panda and a fox. So, whatever your answer is, you are right in a way, even if at home, we take the side of the red panda 😉

    Maybe Firefox is your favorite browser? If you adopt a red panda? I mean a stuffed animal, not a real panda. Because a red panda as a pet is not at all possible... All this to say that on We Love Panda shop we offer a bunch of red pandas plush toys, each one as adorable as the next! Come and have a look at!😉Red-Panda-Plush
    Source: Red Panda Plush (We Love Panda©)

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