Firefox 26 Launched

By | December 11, 2013

Mozilla has launched new Firefox 26 for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android.You can check out the desktop release on Firefox  and Android version on Play Store , all the existing users should be able to update automatically.

firefoxFor Desktop:

  • All Java plug-ins are defaulted to ‘click to play’
  • Password manager now supports script-generated password fields
  • Updates can now be performed by Windows users without write permissions to Firefox install directory (requires Mozilla Maintenance Service)
  • Support for H.264 on Linux if the appropriate gstreamer plug-ins are installed

 For Mobile:

  • Updated about:home interface with Top Sites thumbnails, and ability to pin tabs to home page
  • Password manager now supports script-generated password fields

The Changes for desktop involve, support for MP3 decoding on Windows XP, completing MP3 support across Windows OS versions and CSP implementation now supports multiple policies, including the case of both an enforced and Report-Only policy, per the spec, with latter being changed on mobile too including performance improvement on some Nvidia devices.

 

Firefox For Android

Here are some fixes you can hope to see in the new version:

For Desktop:

  • When displaying a standalone image, Firefox matches the EXIF orientation information contained within the JPEG image (298619)
  • Text Rendering Issues on Windows 7 with Platform Update KB2670838 (MSIE 10 Prerequisite) or on Windows 8.1 (812695)
  • Improved page load times due to no longer decoding images that aren’t visible (847223)
  • Audio Toolbox MP3 backend for OSX (914479)
  • Various security fixes

For Mobile:

  • When displaying a standalone image, Firefox matches the EXIF orientation information contained within the JPEG image (298619)
  • About:home is missing translations in some locales. Most affected are: ca, ga-IE, hu, ko, pt-BR, pt-PT, ro, and uk (933323)
  • Improved page load times due to no longer decoding images that aren’t visible (847223)
  • In some cases, the clip set on the page doesn’t update when the addressbar hides (928977)
  • Invalid position:fixed rendering (923969)
  • Various security fixes

However, the biggest change for Android is the new startup screen called Home.

Mozilla says, The new Home screen appears when you start up Firefox for Android, open a new tab or tap on the URL bar. You’ll instantly see your Top Sites, History, Bookmarks, and Reading List in a swipeable menu, to give you a streamlined and speedier browsing experience on-the-go, when you need it most. Firefox helps you get to any page you’ve visited, saved, or search for, so you can swiftly handle any browsing, shopping, email, work, social media or anything you need on your mobile phone or tablet.

Another big change is inclusion of new search engines: Bing and Yahoo for Android.Firefox now also supports devices that run on Intel x86 processor. You can check the release notes here or a complete list on Bugzilla.

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