Mozilla launched Firefox 59 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Here all the technical features of the new browser. Version 59 offers faster page loading times, private browsing mode that eliminates route information and Android Assist.
Mozilla has launched Firefox 59 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The release is based on Firefox Quantum, which the company calls "By far the biggest update from Firefox 1.0 in 2004."The Firefox 59 version offers faster page loading times, private browsing modes that eliminate route information and Android Assist.
Firefox 59 for Amazon Fire TV
Mozilla will also provide the owners of Amazon Fire TV a new design more this week that allows them to save their favorite sites by fixing them on the main Firefox screen. Business users also have something to look at: Firefox Quantum for Enterprise is entering the beta phase.
Firefox 59 Download
Firefox 59 for the desktop available for download now on Firefox.com and all existing users should be able to update it automatically. As always, the Android version is released more slowly on Google Play.
Mozilla does not make public the exact numbers related to Firefox, although the company says that "Half a billion people worldwide" uses the browser. In other words, an important platform that web developers must consider.
Firefox 59 Desktop
Firefox 59 is based on improvements performance Firefox Quantum focusing on further improving page load times. Mozilla promises faster loading times for content on the Firefox home page, as well as faster page loading, loading from the network cache or from the cache on the user's hard drive.
Firefox 58 has improved the way the browser renders graphics, using Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) on Windows. Firefox 59 uses OMTP for improve graphics rendering also for Mac users.
Firefox 59 Screenshot
Mozilla has also made improvements to Firefox Screenshot. Now you can draw on the screenshots, highlight saved screenshots, change the visible area of the saved screenshots.
Firefox 59 privacy
Probably the biggest change that Mozilla has made with Firefox 59 in terms of privacy that of deleting path information in HTTP referrers. Only in private browsing mode, Firefox now helps prevent data leakage to third parties, removing path information from referrers sent to third parties.
When you click on a link to navigate to a new site, the new site you visit receives the address of the site from which you came via the "referrer value". Usually this simply tells the new site the exact page you were looking at when you clicked on the link. But the content embedded in the new site can also get this information, which can be collected and sold to the highest bidder. Sometimes referrers include the information you entered on the previous site, which can be quite problematic, depending on what you were doing before clicking. The Firefox browsing mode removes the domain name information from the previous site. Speaking of privacy, Firefox 59 adds a new setting in Preferences to prevent websites from asking to send notifications or access the camera, microphone or location of the device. You can allow trusted websites to use these features even if you deactivate them for the rest of the Web.
Firefox 59 technical features
Faster loading times for the contents on the Firefox home pageFaster loading times for pages loading from the network cache or from the cache on the user's hard disk (Race Cache With Network) graphic rendering with Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users (OMTP for Windows and Linux was released in Firefox 58) Drag-and-drop to reorganize Top Sites on the Firefox home page and customize new windows and tabs in other waysFeatures added for Firefox Screenshot: the basic annotation allows the user to draw and highlight saved screens and recropping to change the visible area of the saved screenshots Improved WebExtensions API which include better support for decentralized protocols and the ability to dynamically register content scripts Implemented RTP Transceiver to give pages more precise control over calls Implemented features to support large-scale conferencesAdding support for W3C specifications for pointer events and better integration of the platform with support for added devices for mouse, pen and touchscreen pointer input Ecosia search engine as an option for German Firefox Added the Qwant search engine as an option for French Firefox Added settings in about: preferences to prevent websites from asking you to send notifications or access the camera, microphone and device location, while still allowing trusted websites to use these various security fixesFirefox Private Browsing Mode remove path information from referrers to prevent inter-site tracking
If you are a web developer, more details are available for you on the Firefox 59 developer site
Firefox 59 Android
The biggest addition to Firefox for Android in this version, besides getting the same privacy improvements as the desktop version, is the ability to configure Firefox to work with Android Assist. If you set it, when you long press the Home button on your Android device, the Firefox search will be displayed instead of the Google Assistant.
Firefox 59 for Android technical features
Firefox was added as an Assist app to allow users to start a search by long pressing the Home button. Added support for HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) playback for better compatibility with video sites. Various security fixes referrals sent to third parties to help prevent third-party data lossThe "about:" page has been removed. Instead, use the "About Firefox" dialog box. Lock the video in full screen in landscape mode
Mozilla releases new versions of Firefox about every six to eight weeks e Firefox 60 currently scheduled for early June.