Development of Mozilla Firefox has really speed up. We can tell this from the fact that Mozilla developers earlier set the official release date of Firefox 5 to June 21, still three days from today. Users, who do not want to wait for the official announcement of the stable release, can go ahead and download the popular web browser from the official Mozilla ftp site.
Though not relevant to the stable channel users, one thing to be noted is Mozilla developers has removed the Channel Switcher feature from both Aurora and Beta builds. See Channel Switcher for some information about it. You can get more information on why it is removed from Bugzilla: Bug 659972.
Mozilla has released the Beta version, Firefox 5. Firefox Beta channel will let you experience cutting edge features but with more stability. Adapting themselves to the Google Chrome’s rapid release cycle, Mozilla devs have released their flagship web browser in three versions; Firefox 4 (which is the stable version now), Aurora (Chrome users can relate this to Google Chrome Dev version) and in between both, Firefox Beta (can be related to Google Chrome beta).
The beta version of the web browser is little more polished and stable than the Nightly and Aurora channels, but lets you test some of those cool new features before they’re released to everyone else, released to the stable version of the browser.
After the first release of Mozilla’s “developer’s” build of Firefox, Firefox Aurora, Mozilla debuted Channel Switcher that lets users switch on the fly among Aurora, Beta, and Release versions of the web browser.
The benefit of the built-in channel changer is that users who want to see what’s coming in future versions of Firefox can now do so without having to download a separate installer (Google was also having something similar for Chrome web browser called Google Chrome Channel Changer, which is now deprecated and not recommended by Google).
Mozilla has released Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo devices, after the release of Firefox 4 for desktop users few days back. The mobile web browser delivers an intuitive interface, with customization and support for modern Web technologies like HTML5. To make mobile browsing effortless and fun, it provides seamless and secure access to personal data across desktop and mobile devices, including browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords.
The mobile web browser minimizes typing with features like tabbed browsing, bookmarks, add-ons and Firefox Sync. With a sleek new look that hides browser controls when not in use, users can now focus on the websites they visit. Sync gives users seamless access to their browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Users can customize the features, functionality and look of mobile Web browsing with Add-ons.
Mozilla on March 22 released the Firefox 4 final. After the release, the web browser was downloaded 7.1 million times in its first day and in the first 48 hours of release, Mozilla racked up more than 15.85 million downloads. Mozilla blog has put together an infographic detailing the first 48 hours of activity. Downloads peaked at 10,200 per minute and averaged 91.7 downloads per second.
You can also view Live Firefox 4 Download Stats : http://glow.mozilla.org.
Royal Pingdom Blog came up with their own version of Firefox infographic. Firefox has more than 400 million users worldwide and has been downloaded more than 1.35 billion times since 2004.
Mozilla has finally released Firefox 4 build after 12 beta releases and two Release Candidates. According to Mozilla, Firefox 4 is “faster, easier and more awesome than ever“. Firefox adapted its looks to the minimalist UI trend ushered in by Google Chrome. It eliminates some elements from the default configuration such as the menu, bookmark and status bars while others have been included into multifunctional buttons.
Firefox has a single button in the top left part of the screen that encompasses all options you need, which somewhat has resemblance to the Opera’s button. Tab management has been greatly improved in this release through app tabs and the Panorama feature. App tabs act just like shortcuts to your favorite or frequently used sites, pinning them right next to the Firefox button and reducing their size to the website’s favicon.
Mozilla has released the Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of Firefox 4 web browser. Mozilla has a release date listed for Firefox 4 as March 22nd. The RC 2 build is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Mozilla Firefox 4 is almost here! We updated the Firefox 4 release candidate with some minor security fixes and updates to several localizations, including the addition of a Vietnamese localized version. Firefox will now ship in 80 languages. We’re excited to deliver the new features, look and speed of Firefox 4 to our more than 400 million users worldwide.
Unlike Internet Explorer 9, FF 4 will support Windows XP, which is a great news for its users. However, FF 4 will not work on Windows editions prior to XP or on Apple Mac OS not running OSX 10.5 or 10.6.
Mozilla has made the release candidate of Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux available for download. The release candidate has been available for a few days in more than 70 languages. If you haven’t installed the beta, then try the latest RC version because of its new features, enhanced performance and stability and HTML5 capabilities. Firefox respects your privacy and safeguards your security with new features, like Do Not Track and Content Security Policy.
Changes have been made to Firefox 4’s overall appearance, specifically changing the tab location, to above the address bar, and Pin tabs very similar to Google Chrome. Tabs are given top visual priority for more efficient and intuitive browsing. You can now drag and drop your tabs into manageable groups that you can organize, name and arrange in a fun and visual way. More than 70 percent of Firefox Add-ons are now compatible with Firefox 4. If your favorite add-on isn’t marked as compatible, you can help test it using the Firefox Add-ons Compatibility Reporter. Mozilla Firefox 4 team has fixed more than 8,000 bugs since the first beta release of Firefox 4.
Mozilla has just released the latest beta version of Firefox 4, beta 9, bringing them closer to a release candidate and final version release in February 2011. There’s still one more beta to pump out, though. In this new beta release, there aren’t any new features but just some tweaks and bug fixes.
Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta is based on the Gecko 2.0 Web platform. In this release, Mozilla has overhauled the bookmarks and history code, enabling faster bookmarking and startup performance. Per-compartment garbage collection is now enabled, reducing work done during complex animations.
Mozilla has released another beta of Firefox 4. This beta release is mostly a bug fix release as evident by the number of bug fixes. Actually, more than 1000 bugs are fixed by Firefox 4 developers in this release. Mozilla has also simplified the process for setting up syncing between desktop browsers and mobile browsers.
Users who are testing Firefox 4 beta versions should definitely update to this latest stable version. Users can download Firefox 4 beta 8 for Windows, Mac and Linux, and other languages from Mozilla Firefox 4 home page for the beta. Users will also soon get notified through the automatic updates built-in the browser or they can manually “Check for updates.”