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June 28, 2013

Firefox gets Android Beta Updates Plus, a New Logo


Firefox came out around 10 years ago now, bearing the name Mozilla Firebird which was changed after  Firebird free database responded to the name. hence Mozilla Firefox was borne. Now after all those years it has evolved into a slick browser that as fell back a little with the march of Google’s Chrome browser on the PC.

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What’s in this version:

What’s new:

  • Smaller tablets will now get the full tablet UI
  • Improved WebGL rendering performance
  • Stability and security fixes
  • CSS3 Flexbox implemented and enabled by default
  • New HTML5 <data>, <time>, and <input type=range> elements

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Firefox’s friendly orange fox logo, has changed with a slightly toned down image, less textured and glossy icon for its favored web browser. Also included is the latest update for for Firefox Beta brings access to the company’s Social API and, consequently, Share buttons to the platform, so Facebook fanatics can have one-click sharing of images, articles, videos and links from the Firefox tool-bar. The new Beta is also getting a Mixed Content Blocker that prevents HTTP (read: non-secure) content from loading on HTTPS websites. Plus, there’s a new Network Monitor feature to let devs see how quickly individual page components load and optimizations for OS X 10.7 that enable its scrollbar style and and the scroll bounce behaviour Apple fans love.

Oh, and for you mobile fans, the Android Beta was updated today, too. Now, it’s got an auto-hide Awesome Bar, a URL auto-complete function and an updated RSS feed reader that allows you to add feeds to with a long press on the aforementioned Awesome Bar. Pretty awesome, gents, now let’s get these Beta features into a full release, and it’ll be really awesome.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini