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Mozilla has the latest version of Firefox available now on Firefox.com. There are sure to be enough enthusiasts among the Windows, Mac, and Linux communities who would want to try out the latest version of the browser immediately. The Android version of Firefox 19 has also been released. Mozilla officially launched the latest version of its flagship browser for these operating systems on Tuesday on Firefox.com after offering a brief pre-release version on its FTP servers for major enthusuasts.

Though there is no official change log to go over, the most anticipated feature on the new version is sure to be the built-in PDF viewer. The PDF viewer is Mozilla’s own PDF.js JavaScript engine in favor of the standard Adobe PDF Reader. Firefox thus follows Google Chrome and Safari with their own PDF rendering capabilities.

The Android version of Firefox 19, which was announced along with the desktop versions, comes equipped with ARMv6 support, themes for customizing the look, and integration with the Google search widget. Firefox has also lowered system requirements for its Android version (as explained with Android Beta) to expand its user base among the low end phones like LG Optimus One, T-Mobile myTouch 3G slide, HTC Wildfire S and ZTE R750.

As usual, Firefox 19 will iron out the bugs and usability crimps that become evident during the beta release. You can expect Firefox 19 to be a better browser all round.

What are your thoughts on the new Firefox 19 so far? Is this the game-changing update you’ve been waiting for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: The Next Web

  1. Guthrie
    February 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Firefox on the Mac is busted have to stop using it as it uses 2gb of memory and then brings the machine to stand still even in vanilla mode.

    Tried many suggested solutions but nothings helped so it's back to Safari. Been like this for a while.

  2. samsher
    February 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    nice update but crashes a lot in windows 8.

  3. Adrian
    February 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

    LOL...I'm still using Firefox 12 and everything works great! My philosophy is if it ain't broke, don't fix (or upgrade) it...LOL

  4. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 21, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Internal PDF reader seems a bit faster than my installed (external) PDF app, I liked it.

  5. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I've updated without any problems. Some addons are incompatible as usual, but they will be updated soon, I hope.

  6. Robben
    February 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Works like charm as always!

    • Debra LeCompte
      February 21, 2013 at 2:23 am

      For the love of heaven help me please... this thing is crashing every ten minutes! I don't do the tech thing....

      • Caspy7
        February 21, 2013 at 5:12 am

        Debra, here is a link to the Windows installer for Firefox 18 (the previous version of Firefox).
        ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/18.0.2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2018.0.2.exe
        I think you should be able to simply install it without a problem.
        Once installed, open up Options. Click the Advanced heading, then the Update tab. Now select the option to "Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them"
        Click OK
        That should prevent automatic updates.
        Then I'd probably check firefox.com in a few days to see if a 19.0.1 has been released (hopefully that would encapsulate fixing the issue you're seeing).

      • Caspy7
        February 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

        I should have recommended to first try restarting with addons disabled.
        Under the Help menu click "Restart with addons disabled". If you don't experience any issues after doing this, then one of your addons is the culprit.

  7. Aditya sahu
    February 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    woow..i am just going to update my browser...then will see how effective is it :)

  8. Tanveer Ahmed
    February 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    it crashes randomly

  9. stevieg21
    February 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I updated and have had no problems.

    • Don
      February 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I updated and have had no problems either--Win 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 x64. And I LIKE the new integrated PDF Reader. Not sure all the add-ons are working, but all the main ones I use seem to be. The Addons Manager opened on restart, but I don't know why. ;-)

      • dragonmouth
        February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        "The Addons Manager opened on restart, but I don’t know why."
        .
        That happens to me with NoScript It displays a change log for the latest versions. There may be other add-ons that do the same.

  10. Garey Boone
    February 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    My update so far has been pretty flawless for those having issues you might want to try out this tool http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/ called MozBackup it might come in handy and has a plethora of options. I've had pretty good results with it. It also backs up other Mozilla software and is portable as well I suggest only backing up what you need though for me it's usually extensions and history just to minimize possible problems.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 21, 2013 at 4:38 am

      That looks like a good tool to always have around. Thanks for the link. Even a general Google search is not giving me the picture of the utter disaster that's is "supposed" to be happening and solutions. The problem areas could be incompatible add-ons. It is best to always backup (even in a normal use scenario). I haven't had any problems myself so far.

  11. MightyKombat
    February 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    AHAHAHAHAHAAH oh man this update made Firefox as unstable as shit. Its crashed on me no less than 7 times today.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Are you using any locked profiles? A Softpedia article points to some issues - Firefox 19 - Unsolved Issues | http://news.softpedia.com/news/Firefox-19-Unsolved-Issues-330991.shtml

      • MightyKombat
        February 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        No. I only have the one profile on my laptop if that helps.

        • Saikat Basu
          February 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

          Hmmm...some bugs are still there then I guess. The Firefox Forum could be a place to look at the issues and their resolutions. One clue I managed to get - Ensure any security related software is fully updated that often causes problems when upgrades to Firefox are released.

          But the person who posted it hasn't mentioned a version.

        • MightyKombat
          February 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

          I'll try as long as this stupid browser update behaves itself. Jesus christ I've had 14 crashes in 2 hours. Fucking unacceptable. This update's a frigging disaster.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        February 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

        I have locked profiles. I think I'd steer clear of the risk now. Maybe I'll update later, when things are ironed out.

        • Saikat Basu
          February 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

          That would be the wisest move it seems :)

        • susendeep dutta
          February 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

          I think that since this update brings troubles and it's not worth to have an update only for the sake of native pdf viewing support and no change logs.

          Moreover,there is no security update too.

          It would also be wise to set Firefox to ask before auto updating itself (home maintenance service of Firefox).

  12. Gerry Potter
    February 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I installed Firefox 19.0 this morning and following the update I could not access the internet at all. i have had to do a system restore back to Firefox 18.0 in order to get working again. this has resulted in the loss of all my Bookmarks and History which is a nuisance.

  13. Neil
    February 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    The update removed all my add ons. It left a copy of old data on my desktop, so presumably the update failed somewhere. Not happy at having to rebuild ...

  14. Réy Aétar
    February 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

    its burning as usual

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