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How do I get firefox to call phone numbers in a webpage by tapping?

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Hi All, I just installed Firefox for Android and I like it a lot. However, I was wondering how would I get Firefox to call phone numbers or open up Google Map when I browse webpages that have phone numbers or addresses in them? in the default built in browser, I can just tap on the phone number or the address and it would automatically go to the dial screen or G-maps for me. Thanks a lot for your help! John

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Hi John,

Thanks for using Firefox for Android! We don't yet have this feature in the browser, but we are working on it (generically this is for all 'helper-apps'--links clicked that require or could use an app other than the browser). You can follow the progress here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=769454

Thanks, Michelle

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This is a real bummer... I was an early adopter of FF (Windows), and have remained loyal even as other modern browsers (most notably Chrome) came along. But I'm also an Android user (smartphone and tablet). I was excited when the mobile version of FF was released, but sorely disappointed when I realized the browser's limited functionality . Why not wait until you have a fully-realized product, instead of shipping it out half-baked to the hungry masses? Unlike the built-in, stock Android browser that most phones ship with, I can't click on a phone number to call with the handset; can't click on an address to search with the Google Maps app; can't click a YouTube link to watch a video directly in the player app (as opposed to the browser version); etc. etc. etc. Grrrrr. The Android browser isn't pretty, bu at least it offers this basic functionality. Just sayin.

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We have text selection in Firefox 15 which you can find in the Play Store as Firefox Beta. Tap and hold on a bit of text, drag the handles to the text you want to copy and then tap on the selected text. The text will then be in the clipboard to be used in other apps such as Maps or the Dialer.

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Text selection is good... but tapping on a phone number and having the phone app pop open is better. And tapping on an address and having Google Maps pop open is even better. For now, I'll have to stick to the stock Android browser, which is a shame because it's nothing to write home about! But at least it integrates well with the native Android apps that ship with most phones.