Mozilla rolls out update for Firefox web browser

update for mozilla firefoxFirefox has been updated by Mozilla to further improve on the performance of the latter for Android devices as well as desktop users.

Mozilla has rolled out the updates for their Firefox Web browser and users shall notice the difference in performance in its developer and gaming features.

The company reduced memory add-ons to improve the speed of Firefox.

The web browser can now support compressed textures, enabling developers to create intense graphics in gaming, which gamers will be happy about.

Mozilla also improved the Javascript engine and WebGL capabilities of the Firefox.

Mozilla has also rolled out a Javascript Debugger that is built with Firefox. It can be used to remotely debug apps through Firefox in your smartphones.

The update is applicable on almost all Firefox browsers for Android.

The browser for Android now features the “Awesome Screen” feature popular on the desktop application of Firefox. This feature allows the users to store bookmarks, data, passwords and browsing history.

Users can now also sync their Android Firefox browsers to their desktop Firefox browsers.

Another new addition is the much improved HTML5 capability of the new Firefox browser. This update creates new possibilities for web applications.

What is your impressions on the new Firefox then?

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Android malware disguises itself as Firefox browser

GFI Labs discovered a malware that disguises itself as a new version of Firefox browser for Android.

Android users are warned that this app, posing as Mozilla’s browser, is being hosted by a number of Russian websites. One of the websites hosted a malware that disguises as an app of the popular game Grand Theft Auto during their 10th year anniversary.

According to GFI Labs blog post, “The criminals are leveraging on Firefox for Android in relation to the official, non-beta release of the said Web Browser on Google Play last June 26.”

GFI Labs said that their product detected the malware as Trojan.AndroidOS.Boxes.d.

According to GFI, once you install the app infected by the malware, it loads a Rules page on the infected phone and asks users to accept it.

The app automatically sends a text message to several numbers. The Rules page discloses this in a fine print that says that users will be billed for sending a premium text message.

GFI added, “Boxer then directs users to the actual website where the legitimate app can be downloaded after claiming that it has successfully activated.”

So if you are trying to download Firefox for Android on your smartphone, be sure that it’s from a legitimate source.

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Mozilla launches Firefox for Android phones and tabs

Following the release of Firefox 9.0 just this month, Mozilla has also launched a version of this browser  for Android phones and tablets.

Mozilla has specifically redesigned and optimized the user interface of this version to work excellently on tablets.

A blog posted by the company explains the changes.

Firefox for Android leverages large tablet screen sizes and optimizes popular features for tablets. The Awesome Screen integrates Firefox Sync and makes it easy to access your browsing history, open tabs, bookmarks and saved passwords across desktop and mobile devices so you can type less and browse more.

The blog also introduces the Action Bar menu which allows users to access Firefox Preferences, Add-ons, downloads and other services.

“The Action Bar adds the back, forward and bookmark buttons for easy access,” the blog writes. “One-touch bookmarks enable you to add an icon to your Android home screen for your favorite websites and Web apps, making Web apps as easy to use as native apps.”

Lastly, the Firefox for Android also includes tools for HTML5  developers such as  HTML5 Input Tag for Camera Access and supports  the HTML5 Form Validation API.

The new Firefox browser for Android-based phones and tablets is now available for download here.

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