Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum, a browser that it claims is twice as fast as the original Firefox and faster than Google Chrome on certain sites. Another new feature prioritizes the tab a user is now on so that it works better and doesn't freeze up or become unresponsive, according to the Mozilla blog.
Called Firefox Quantum, this release is the culmination of months of work, including a recent beta test, meant to make Firefox speedier and more attractive. While Mozilla is touting an overall 2x improvement in performance, some operations can load up to 18 times faster thanks to Quantum CSS.
The UI matches the streamlined austerity of rivals such as Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge. But it lost momentum as Google Chrome, which is the leading USA browser on desktops, gained new users. But with this Firefox Quantum update, Google will now be the default search provider for everyone in the United States and Canada - unless the end user changes said default, that is.
"This is part of our ongoing search strategy, announced in 2014 to evaluate and select the best search experience in each region as opposed to having a single global default", asserted Denelle Dixon, Mozilla's chief legal officer, in a separate blog post. Three years ago, Mozilla switched from Google to Yahoo!
Under the hood is where Mozilla says Firefox Quantum really shines, however. It was, to Verizon, which this summer completed a $4.5 billion acquisition of the former Internet giant. And if it wasn't already clear that Mozilla owns Pocket, it is now.
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Chrome's USA market share has since doubled to about 60 percent, according to data from analytics provider StatCounter, with Mozilla, Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp browsers capturing the rest. Since then, it's scratched back to 13% as of October.
"No. I just can't see it at this point", said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "It would have to be so unique".
Private perusing mode for Firefox Quantum looks similarly on a par with customary perusing. They sound pretty major, and I have a habit if keeping 10-20 tabs open at once all day long, so the speed increase and memory usage reduction over Chrome should help. "It's a futile effort".