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Mozilla has just launched version 23 of Firefox on both Android and desktop. Each of the new versions comes with some slick features designed to help make browsing the web a smoother, more enjoyable experience.

Starting with the desktop version, Firefox gets some improvements to the previously added sharing functionality. Now, a share button appears in the browser’s toolbar, which should make it a little quicker for users to share the cool stuff they encounter on the web. Right now, the button works with Facebook Messenger for Firefox and Cliqz, and the company plans to expand those offerings in the future.

The desktop also features mixed-content blocking, which gives users some protection from man-in-the-middle attacks. Additionally, the old <blink> tag is no longer supported.

Mac users get a new scrollbar style, which is always a cool addition.

On the Android side of things, Firefox added quite a few goodies. Firefox’s Awesome Screen (the browser’s new-tab page), for example, now auto-completes URLs, which makes browsing a little faster. The new version also makes some improvements to the way it handles sites listed in your bookmarks.


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A feature added in Chrome a while ago is an auto-hiding address bar, and now Firefox has implemented it into their Android offering. This feature allows users to make the most of their screen real estate, which is great on smaller devices like smartphones.

Of course, both versions of the browser also come with plenty of bug and security fixes, which is pretty standard for any new software release.

Firefox 23 on Android can be downloaded from Google Play, and the desktop version is available from Mozilla’s website.

Source: TechSpot

  1. Brandon R
    August 8, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I don't use Firefox I love my Chrome :P

    • likefunbutnot
      August 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Mobile Chome has some weird rendering bugs that aren't present in the stock Android browser or any other Webkit browser that I'm aware of. Every browser has rendering problems but Mobile Chrome seems to have more noticeable issues than anything else.

      It's also a CPU/memory hog if you're trying to run it on an older or less expensive device.

      Mobile Firefox justifies itself principally with wide support for Firefox addons. ADBLOCK PLUS WORKS WITHOUT ROOT. This by itself should be enough to make it your primary mobile browser. Fewer network data transfers, smaller downloads, faster page loads.

      Now, there is a small matter that some clueless web devs think that mobile browser = Webkit, but for the most part all that means is that mobile Firefox very occasionally gets thrown on to a "mobile" site that works better in desktop rendering mode, but I'd far rather deal with that than lose screen space to ads.

    • Caspy7
      August 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Thanks...for coming onto a Firefox article to declare your love for Chrome...(?)

  2. WorknMan
    August 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Thank god. Hopefully, the nasty copy/paste bug on Windows from FF22 has been squashed!!

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