Mozilla launches version 100 of its privacy-focused open code software on its third day Raposa de Fogo navigator, bringing new resources to different platforms. Firefox was developed and marketed by the non-profit organization Mozilla Foundation and is available on many different platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and many more. It’s already the most popular third-party browser on desktops, but has since surpassed Google Chrome as the world’s favorite web browser, despite privacy concerns and other issues. In April 2022, Firefox will become the fourth most popular browser on desktop and the second most popular browser on mobile devices.
The first version of Firefox was launched almost 20 years ago in 2002 under the codename “Phoenix” as part of a plan by members of the Mozilla community to create a separate automatic browser from the Mozilla Application Suite. The official version 1.0, meanwhile, was launched almost a month ago, in 2004. The logo has become more and more popular and people are using it to replace Internet Explorer and Safari on their PC and Mac respectively. It also comes as a default browser with many Linux distributions and supports other privacy-oriented browsers such as the TOR browser.
The most recent version of Firefox ships with many new resources, including an approved Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode with closed captions and closed captions in PiP windows. The resource will initially be available on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix, among other sites that support the Web Video Text Tracks (WebVTT) format, such as coursera.org, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Twitter. The company says it plans to support more sites in the future. According to Mozilla, some new resources have also been added to Firefox for Android and iOS, including some new wallpapers called “Beach Vibes” and Twilight Hills.” The browser launched support for mobile wallpaper in March, allowing users to better customize the Firefox homepage on their phones.
Firefox for iOS now also has ‘history books of shame’ and ‘abas books of shame’. While the former organizes the browser’s history and eliminates duplicate entries better, the latter shows the most recent and prominent tips to help users switch between them with ease. Guides that have not been visited in two weeks are automatically moved to an ‘active state’ on the guides drawer, allowing for better control over the guides. The resource was launched a year ago on Android. A notable new source for Firefox on the Mac is HDR video, which is currently only supported on YouTube. The source enables automatic HDR on supported sites without users having to manually enable or disable it.
Firefox for Android is also getting a “some HTTPS” mode launched earlier this year for the privacy-focused minimalist browser Firefox Focus. Similar functionality is available with the ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ add-on for Firefox on desktop and mobile. Another useful new resource is the automatic ‘language switching’ that allows the browser to detect the device’s default language when it first runs. It’s different from Raposa de Fogothe navigator asks if the user wants to change to his or her preferred language.