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Firefox fans can now download the latest official release. Firefox 15 builds upon earlier enhancements to the browser’s treatment of online games by including native support for compressed textures via WebGL. This will feature will help 3D games running under Firefox provide better texture quality without destroying performance. There’s also new API support for more precise application timing, which is helpful for developers who want to make fast-paced games run in a browser.

Mozilla showed off their improvements earlier this year by creating a small RPG called BrowserQuest Mozilla Launches BrowserQuest To Show Off HTML5 [Updates] Mozilla Launches BrowserQuest To Show Off HTML5 [Updates] Read More . Now they’ve done it again, this time via a first person shooter demo called BananaBread. The game runs on a port of an existing C/C++  engine that’s been converted to JavaScript and WebGL. It uses the new compression features found in Firefox 15 and will only work for users who update their browser.

Another important new feature is support for silent background updates. Firefox fans will no longer have to go to Mozilla’s website and download the newest version. Updates will instead be distributed automatically when available. Mozilla was a bit behind the curve on this one, but it’s nice to see the feature finally arrive.

A variety of other minor updates have been made in Firefox 15 including optimization of memory use for add-ons, minor changes and addition to HTML5 rendering and more. You can check out the full list or head straight to the download.

Source: Ars Technica


  1. Andy Bristow
    August 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Been using Waterfox (64bit version of Firefox) for over 6mths and very impressed so far.

  2. Tug Ricks
    August 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I have noticed better memory usage. It was getting up to around 4-500,000 K before, but now it stays around 250,000 k. Good stuff.

  3. Faisal Ahmed
    August 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    already updated...yet to notice any significant change.

  4. i0ni
    August 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I will try it out. I had some problems with Firefox 14. Hope this will fix everything.

  5. Alan Wade
    August 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Been using v15 for a few days now and up to now not disappointed. Its good to see it going in the right direction.

  6. Bakr Alazawe
    August 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Firefox is becoming better ))))
    I think am going back to using to like I did few months ago , but it needs more to regain it's position as my primary browser !

  7. GrrGrrr
    August 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I will wait for a couple of days before updating. there might be some bugs in this release.

  8. Ruben Marrero
    August 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Updated last night, lets see how it goes....

  9. Bob Henson
    August 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I installed v.15, tried BananBread, and Firefox crashed immediately - sending an error report to Mozilla. Stunningly unimpressed so far, then!

  10. venkatp16
    August 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hope this update will fix issues which had with Firefox 13 & 14.... They are pathetic, i got irritated and moved to Opera

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