The fine folks over at Mozilla remain hard at work improving their Firefox browser, and the team has just launched Firefox 27, which brings an improved social API, support for Google’s SPDY 3.1 protocol, and Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.1 and 1.2. An update has also rolled out for the Android version of the popular web browser, though the changes are a little smaller over there.
The biggest change is the improvement to the social API, a feature that gives social networks a place to provide notifications. First, Firefox has added support for bookmarking service Delicious, and an Indian music service called Saavn. Additionally, and most importantly, the update gives users the ability to have the API running for more than a single service at a time. This was a huge limitation before, and is probably a large part of the reason it has been a feature that is slow to take off with users and developers alike. Now, with users able to run more than one social service, it will be interesting to see if this feature gains a little more traction with fans of the browser.
Google’s SPDY 3.1 protocol is also supported by the browser. This is an open networking protocol that is aimed at making things on the web faster. Additionally, Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.1 and 1.2 are available now. TLS is a cryptographic protocol much like SSL. This is not something most users will notice in their day-to-day usage, but it will come in handy in some instances.
Firefox on Android also gets TLS versions 1.1 and 1.2, as well as a more readable font and some small UI tweaks.