Saturday, April 6, 2013

Firefox 20 with noticeable enhancements!

Recently Mozilla Firefox, the free browser for windows & Linux systems has been launching updates & upgrades of their popular browser software like never before. Presumably they had taken the way of one of the competitor Opera. Wrong or right, this new practice gave the end users a number of firefox browsers with increasing numbers behind them, indicating newer releases. So here comes the latest of the bunch Firefox 20! Which is available in the official mozilla firefox site. Download link -

This one however, unlike many of its predecessors, have 2 huge updates which you can't miss & must love. Private browsing & an awesome new download manager interface.  

Private Browsing: The new private browsing mode is kind of a revolution in comparison to any previous version of firefox. Unlike the past it lets you browse with your anonymity maintained without losing the window you are browsing your contents with! In this specific case it bypasses the ability of Chrome too.

Here is how it is happening -

New Download Manager:

It is almost can never be missed by any firefox user from past how the download window would keep annoying you by popping out for downloading even a simple image from a page! Most of the poor us, who wanted to bypass this, used to use a add-on name "Download Statusbar". Now it seems the pain is over for good. The new interface to download has taken away most of the stone-age download interface & made a revolution about how you download with firefox. Watch here how you do it or going to experience if you haven't started already(or forgot to upgrade your firefox) -

There are some more changes too as usual with every new update. The full changelog can be seen here - LINK. I am really happy what this update brought to the users. But don't be too attached to it! As I heard, to the disliking of many, the next version (21) is around the corner & should be released in May.

Android Release:

Mozilla has also managed to bring private browsing on a per tab basis to Firefox for Android. The mobile browser allows you to open a new private browsing tab during your current browsing session, so you can switch between private and standard tabs within the same browsing session. In other words, you don’t have to relaunch the Firefox app every time.
The Android release has also received customizable shortcuts on the home screen. This means you can now customize the shortcut images on the home screen with your favorite or most frequently visited sites by simply tapping and holding your top sites, and then choosing “pin” from the drop-down menu.
Firefox for Android has also added support for additional devices running on a less powerful processor architecture: ARMv6. This includes popular phones like Samsung Galaxy Next, HTC Aria, HTC Legend, Samsung Dart, Samsung Galaxy Pop, and the Samsung Galaxy Q. Mozilla says with this release it now offers its browser on almost 50 million more phones.
Here’s the full Android changelog:
  • FIXED: Security fixes can be found here.
  • NEW: Per-tab private browsing.
  • NEW: Gingerbread and Honeycomb support for H.264/AAC/MP3 hardware decoders.
  • NEW: Top Sites in about:home are now customizable.
  • CHANGED: The ‘Quit’ menu item has been removed from Firefox versions running on ICS and higher to follow Android convention. When done browsing just tap Home or Back. Use the QuitNow add-on if you want more control.
  • CHANGED: System requirements have been lowered to 384MB of RAM and QVGA displays.
  • DEVELOPER: Continued implementation of draft ECMAScript 6 – clear() and Math.imul.
  • HTML5: <canvas> now supports blend modes.
  • HTML5: Various <audio> and <video> improvements.
  • FIXED: Hide virtual keyboard when bookmarks list is opened
  • FIXED: Black area near tabs button after the URL bar is animated
  • FIXED: Tablets – home tab thumbnails may appear cut off

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