Firefox 26 Beta is Released On Android and Desktop

Following the launch of Firefox 25, Mozilla has unleashed a new version of the browser, Firefox 26 beta for desktop and Android users. Though it’s a beta iteration, the browser brings plenty of new features, changes and performance enhancements.

Firefox 26 Beta

The new desktop version, which is available for Mac, Linux, and Windows, brings ‘Click to Play’ upgrade, related to all versions of all the plugins, excluding the newly launched Flash. Now the browser can automatically load any plugin requested by a website, except for Mozilla has arrested it for some security reasons.

Here’s what’s new in the latest desktop version:

  • Except the recently launched flash plugins, all the other plugins are defaulted to ‘Click to Play’ functionality.
  • Added a new password manager, which provides support for script generated password fields.
  • Windows users are now able to perform updates without write permissions to Firefox install directory. But still requires a Mozilla Maintenance Service).
  • Added support for H.264 on Linux if the applicable gstreamer plugins are installed.
  • Windows XP has received the support for MP3 decoding, completing MP3 support across other Windows OS versions.
  • Now the CSP implementation supports Social Bookmarking for multiple providers via its SocialMarks functionality.
  • For developer: You won’t get any prompt when websites use appcache.
  • For developer: Added support for CSS image orientation property.
  • For developer: Newly added App Manager lets you debug as well as deploy HTML5 web apps on Firefox OS mobiles and Firefox OS Simulator.
  • For developer: Users can now use the IndexedDB as an ‘optimistic’ storage, so it does not need any prompts and the data is stored in a pool with LRU eviction policy, in a nutshell temporary storage.
  • Rectified a problem: When featuring a Standalone picture, the browser matches the EXIF orientation information available in the JPEG picture.
  • Fixed a bug: Enhanced the page load times due to no longer decoding pictures that aren’t visible.
  • Rectified a bug: AudioToolbox MP3 backend for Mac.

Next comes the Android version, which has received a new startup screen. The latest homepage provides a smooth and quick access to the user’s browsing data and search functionality.

Firefox 26 Beta for android

The redesigned Homepage features swipeable panels which offers a much better and easy browsing experience to users. Moreover, the app also brings new search engines like Yahoo and Bing in the US, France, and Canada. You can easily alter your desired search provider by visiting Menu and then choosing ‘Search Settings’.

Here’s the complete changelog of the Android version:

  • Improved Home design with Top Sites thumbnails, and brings the facility to pin tabs to home page.
  • Added a new password manager, which provides support for script generated password fields.
  • Enhancements to performance on few Nvidia devices.
  • Now the CSP implementation supports multiple policies, along with the case of both an enforced and Report-Only policy, per the spec.
  • For developer: There’s no prompt when websites utilize appcache.
  • For developer: Users can now use the IndexedDB as an ‘optimistic’ storage, so it does not need any prompts and the data is stored in a pool with LRU eviction policy, in a nutshell temporary storage.
  • For developer: Added support for CSS image orientation property.
  • Rectified a problem: When featuring a Standalone picture, the browser matches the EXIF orientation information available in the JPEG picture.
  • Fixed a bug: Enhanced the page load times due to no longer decoding pictures that aren’t visible.
  • Rectified a bug: In few cases, the clip set available on the page does not revamp when the address bar hides.
  • Fixed rendering and invalid positioning.

The company is in a plan to launch Firefox 26 for Android, Windows, Linux, and Mac in the month of December.

Firefox 26 beta download link for Android (free)

Firefox 26 beta download link for Windows, Mac, and Linux (free)

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