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Firefox snags a new look and healthy speed boost in major update

Firefox snags a new look and healthy speed boost in major update

Firefox now controls 13.14 percent of the browser market, behind Chrome's 59.84 and Internet Explorer's 15.09 percent. And as you do so, you'll notice another change: Google is now the default search engine again - at least if you live in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. But those were just the tip of the iceberg. You can download the last form today for nothing from Mozilla for the web, Android, and iOS. The new engine has been parallelized and should be substantially faster, and Mozilla believes it can use its new Servo engine to enable capabilities like mixed-reality support far more easily than would've been possible in the old version. Firefox Quantum (aka, Firefox 57), is the company's effort to correct its mistakes and it's good to see that Google is back in the default slot (Disclaimer: TechCrunch is part of Oath, Verizon's roll-up of AOL and Yahoo, though nobody at TechCrunch that I know has ever willingly used Yahoo Search). "No other browser can do this", Mozilla claims.

According to the folks over at Mozilla, Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as versions of the browser from just six months ago.

Mozilla says they have doubled Firefox's speed since a year ago. Starting with Firefox 57, the browser will come with a slew of new algorithms baked in to make itself twice as fast as previous versions from earlier this year. It's simple and sleek, and it gives Firefox users a new feel with its refreshed icons.

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Mozilla's Firefox browser is getting its biggest overhaul since 2004. It takes advantage of today's High DPI displays and other hardware across all the devices for better user experience.

The Photon UI has also been streamlined compared to previous versions of Firefox, and is created to provide smooth and fast performance when browsing your favorite websites. To create Photon, our user research team studied how people browsed the web. Not only should it be faster to load and render pages, but its user interface should remain quick and responsive even under heavy load with hundreds of tabs. You can expect square tabs, a dark color scheme, smooth animations, and a restructuring of menus. The Pocket service is built right into the toolbar, for easy saving stuff for later.


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