Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox browser, Firefox 20, for both desktop and Android (as an app). The desktop version includes new privacy enhancements, new Download Manager and an updated tools for developers. The Android app offers support for ARMv6 processors, optimizations and private browsing on a per tab basis.
Firefox 20 for desktop
The new updated desktop Firefox software for Windows, Mac and Linux includes a new addition to private browsing that allows you to open a new private browsing window without interrupting your existing browsing session. This can also be used to check multiple email accounts simultaneously.
Other than making downloading files with Firefox even easier, the redesigned Download Manager in the toolbar allows you to monitor, view and locate downloaded files without having to switch to another window.
For developers, Firefox has included getUserMedia that allows them to quickly and easily write code that accesses the user’s camera or microphones. Firefox also includes a developer toolbox and Canvas Blend Modes.
Firefox for Android
The new update comes with the option of private browsing on every tab separately, thus supporting anonymous browsing. It also comes with the removal of quit button. Simply tap the home button to quit browsing or use the “Quit Now” add-on from add-on options.
The latest update adds support for less powerful ARMv6 processors and brings Smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Next, HTC Aria, HTC Legend, Samsung Galaxy Pop etc under its compatibility to be able to serve 50 million more phones. It now supports devices with smaller VGA>QVGA resolution and only 384 MB RAM. It is compatible with devices running Android version 2.2 and above.
The new browser also comes with support for audio and video playback codec for older devices running Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb. This allows the app to stream content directly through the browser without the need to use third party streaming audio and video player apps.
For those users, whose GPRS only phones just came under the purview of Firefox for Android, we recommend using Wifi for the hefty 17 MB download, unless you want to spend a lot of time on GPRS.
You can read the full release note for Windows, Mac and Linux here and for Android here. To download Firefox for desktop, head here and for Firefox for Android, click here. So what you do think of this latest version of Firefox? Do you appreciate the changes or you still think a lot is amiss? Do let us know in the comments what you think, what you still wish for and how far Firefox has gone to make sure it stays your favorite browser.
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