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Mozilla Firefox is now 'Firefox Quantum' and its faster than ever

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Published : Nov 15, 2017, 10:50 am IST
Updated : Nov 15, 2017, 10:52 am IST

Mozilla claims that the new browser is twice as fast compared to the 6-month-old release of Firefox.

Firefox Quantum is updated to look the same of any display regardless of the device or platform — be it mobile, desktop or tablets. Photo: Mozilla
 Firefox Quantum is updated to look the same of any display regardless of the device or platform — be it mobile, desktop or tablets. Photo: Mozilla

Mozilla has unveiled its long-awaited browser, Firefox Quantum. Mozilla claims that the new browser is twice as fast compared to the 6-month-old release of Firefox. Quantum is based on a completely overhauled core engine and a new simplified interface called ’Photon’, resulting in faster load-times, low power usage and less memory consumption than the competition.

Mozilla further stressed that it’s by far the biggest update they’ve had since they launched Firefox 1.0 in 2004. Firefox Quantum is updated to look the same of any display regardless of the device or platform — be it mobile, desktop or tablets.

Mozilla says that their Quantum UI is scaleable which will let them expand in the future based on hardware changes taking place. There is also a new feature, Pocket integration, which includes Pocket recommendations alongside your most visited pages.

Further as reported, Google becomes the new default search provider in the United States and Canada. With more than 60 search providers pre-installed across more than 90 languages, Firefox has now more choice in search providers than any other browser.

Finally, Mozilla has made improvements in the browser’s core and shipped a new CSS engine, Stylo, that takes better advantage of today’s hardware with multiple cores that are optimized for low power consumption.

So how did the Firefox Quantum came into existence? Mozilla details that it took more than 700 authors and 80 volunteers, since August release to code the new browser.

Firefox Quantum is available to download for Windows, Mac, Linux as we post this, the mobile versions at Play store and App store have also been updated.

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