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Mozilla launches Firefox 9

Faster and better for tablets
Wed Dec 21 2011, 12:58

OPEN SOURCE OUTFIT Mozilla has released Firefox 9, which improves performance and adds enhancements for tablets.

The non-profit organisation is continuing with its quick fire releases and the most recent is now available with Javascript improvements. In some benchmarks, such as Kraken, the browser is up to 30 per cent faster than Firefox 8.

Mozilla said, "The latest update to Firefox includes Type Inference which boosts JavaScript performance and allow rich websites and Web apps with lots of pictures, videos, games and 3D graphics to load and run much faster."

Type Interface is part of the Spidermonkey Javascript engine that generates more efficient code and this in turn speeds things up. For Mac users the firm has added two finger swipe navigation and theme integration with OS X Lion.

Firefox for Android has had a redesign to optimise the interface and experience for tablets. The feature known as Awesome Screen integrates Firefox Sync so you can access the history, tabs and bookmarks more easily across PCs and mobile devices and with less typing. A new Action Bar has been added for quick access to controls like back, forward and bookmark.

Tabs appear in a thumbnail view in a panel on the left that can be hidden, while the web browser has been optimised for both landscape and portrait orientations. Mozilla has also added some HTML 5 tools for developers such as Input Tag for Camera Access for better interactivity.

Mozilla said, "Firefox for Android introduces a completely redesigned experience that is optimized for tablets and makes mobile browsing more intuitive. New tools in Firefox enable developers to create interactive mobile Web experiences."

We've updated our desktop PCs at The INQUIRER to Firefox 9 on Windows and Linux and we immediately noticed the speed improvement. One web site that's especially faster is Twitter. µ


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