Just few days after the release of Firefox 5.0, Mozilla has launched the Firefox 6.0 beta with several improvements made to security, tablet appearance, memory management, and Android fixes. The latest Mozilla Firefox Beta is now available for download and testing on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. This release introduces innovative tools to help developers build rich and compelling Web experiences.
New in beta release for Windows, Mac and Linux:
- Add-ons Manager with Plugin Check: Check that your plugins are up-to-date directly from the Add-ons Manager
- Improved Panorama Groups: Reduces browser startup time by only loading saved tab groups when you use Panorama
- Improved Address Bar: Highlights the domain name of the website you’re visiting to make it easy to identify where you are online
- Streamlined site identity block
- Support for Web Sockets with a prefixed API
- Moveable Web Console
- New Web developer-specific menu
- Window.matchMedia API
- Support for server-sent events
New in beta release for Android:
- New initial experience: Firefox starts faster and uses less memory. Get to your home page quickly and discover browser features on the side panels.
- Higher-quality image scaling: View crisp Web pages and images with less pixelation
- Enhanced Firefox experience on large screen tablets[advt]
- Improvements to the form helper on Android
- Fresh visual style on Gingerbread OS
- Optimization for pages that use right to left layout rendering, e.g. in Hebrew and Arabic
- Touch Events for better interaction with Web pages
- IndexedDB allows Web pages to store data offline for faster access
- Automatic text hyphenation
- Other changes are new. One minor tweak, called domain highlighting, will help you read the domain of the Web site you’re on more easily. This is a small but important change that people can use to visually verify that they are at the correct URL–for online banking, for example–as opposed to a spoofed one that’s likely to be malicious.