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Firefox 29 rolls out with major redesign, looks a lot like Chrome

Mozilla also launches Firefox Android edition bringing sync service to the masses
Tue Apr 29 2014, 15:26
Firefox 29

FIREFOX 29 arrives with a makeover today as Mozilla releases the latest version of its open source web browser.

Launched in beta last month, Firefox 29 is one of the biggest visual overhauls the web browser has seen for some time without breaking from its established roots of the past decade.

With a design not far from Google Chrome, Firefox has updated its tabbed browsing by fading non-active tabs into the background so they become "less of a distraction".

In addition there is a Customisation Mode that allows users to pin controls, extensions and add-ons anywhere in the browser. Controls now sit in the top right of the Firefox web browser window, another control that's familiar to Chrome users.

Firefox has significantly improved its synchronisation function, which debuts in this edition, replacing the well intentioned but flawed Sync Keys with a traditional credential arrangement, following the introduction of Firefox Accounts.

Under the bonnet, support for WebRTC, asm.js Javascript and a new Web Audio API headline the new features, along with a CSS Flexbox, designed to make user menus adapt to screen size, a nod to Mozilla's ambitions in the mobile and tablet markets.

There are also new Button and Toolbar APIs designed to assist developers with integrating their extension ideas into the new toolbar system.

Mozilla also announced a new Android edition of Firefox today that brings with it Firefox Sync support, new customisable, swipeable start pages and support for over thirty languages, with more on the way.

The stable build of Firefox 29 is available for download now. µ


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