A new Firefox browser is here that's reportedly twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago. Dubbed Firefox Quantum, the new browser is available on Android and iOS platforms, but also on Windows, Mac and Linux. The most important improvement over any of the previous versions of Firefox is speed.
Quantum is much faster than any Mozilla browsers launched in the past and, according to the developer, and looks better. In addition to improvements under the hood, Mozilla redesigned Firefox's user interface.
You can see more about the specific changes in the blog post here, but ultimately here are the four key details:
In addition to the launch of Firefox Quantum, Mozilla also announced today that Google will be its default search engine for Firefox in select locations, including the U.S. I’ve also included a by the numbers below to showcase the effort that went into this overhaul.
?Even with performance advantages, Quantum will find it difficult to grab browser share from leader Chrome, which owned about 47 percent of the desktop market as of last month, according to numbers from NetMarketShare. With 6.5 percent of the market, Firefox was a distant third, behind Microsoft Internet Explorer with 12.52 percent.
The New Firefox Quantum By the Numbers (fun facts at the Firefox Frontier blog)
How many authors contributed code?
How many volunteers contributed to code development?
How many ways can you customize the toolbar in the new Firefox?