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Mozilla outs Firefox 18 for PCs and an updated Android version

Should improve performance
Wed Jan 09 2013, 12:27
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SOFTWARE OUTFIT Mozilla is releasing fresh versions of its web browser, Firefox 18 for the PC desktop and an updated Android client.

The word is that Mozilla has made its web browser faster and more secure. The PC desktop version is where you should notice the speed boosts, and Mozilla said that it will make games and apps run faster, while the Android version has improved search and will warn users if they wander towards malicious websites.

The desktop version includes a new Javascript compiler, called Ionmonkey. Mozilla reckons that this will make apps and games around 25 percent faster. A game called Bananabread is offered as an example of this. Five levels of the Bananabread game are playable and it is a Quake-like and fun affair.

Mac users will find support for high resolution Retina displays, which should make playing games or watching movies that little bit nicer. Mozilla has provided a picture that compares performance on neither of these things, so you can see what that might be like. firefox-18-retina-display-comparison

Android users that rely on search suggestions as a means of speeding up their searches should be happy, as Firefox for Android now has these. This is opt-in, so keep an eye out for a request about whether you want to use it or not. Mozilla says that if you do accept suggestions then they will be delivered over a secure connection.

Better, perhaps, are the warnings that the Android client version presents to users when they visit malware or phishing hotspots. µ


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