Continuing with their newly adopted speedy release cycle for Firefox, Mozilla has now launched the first beta for the Firefox 6 desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers along with the Android version.
The following are the list of changes in the desktop version of Firefox 6:
- Add-ons Manager with Plugin Check: Check that your plugins are up-to-date directly from the Add-ons Manager
- Improved Panorama Groups: Reduces browser startup time by only loading saved tab groups when you use Panorama
- Improved Address Bar: Highlights the domain name of the website you’re visiting to make it easy to identify where you are online
- Streamlined site identity block
- Support for Web Sockets with a prefixed API
- Movable Web Console
- New Web developer-specific menu
- Window.matchMedia API
- Support for server-sent events
As for the Android version, the changes include:
- New initial experience: Firefox starts faster and uses less memory. Get to your home page quickly and discover browser features on the side panels.
- Higher-quality image scaling: View crisp Web pages and images with less pixelation
- Enhanced Firefox experience on large screen tablets
- Improvements to the form helper on Android
- Fresh visual style on Gingerbread OS
- Optimization for pages that use right to left layout rendering, e.g. in Hebrew and Arabic
- Touch Events for better interaction with Web pages
- IndexedDB allows Web pages to store data offline for faster access
- Automatic text hyphenation
Click here to download the latest beta for Firefox 6. Alternatively, if you are running a previous version, use the built-in update function.