Firefox update brings Google Now Search widget compatibility, faster JavaScript performance


Firefox for Android has gotten a new upgrade alongside changes made to Mozilla’s desktop browser. In mobile, users can now expect faster JavaScript performance via the IonMonkey compiler. Mozilla didn’t go into too much detail about how much faster performance would be, but as it’s already quite good we can’t say we’d notice anyway.

Beyond that, the upgrade brings new compatibility with the Google Now Search widget, meaning searches should automatically open in the Firefox browser without fail. Finally, Mozilla has proudly exclaimed that Firefox is now the first mobile browser with Safe Browsing mode enabled.

Other changes and fixes have been made that most of us might not care about from the standpoint of a typical user. Support for the window.devicePixelRatio DOM has been added, better fonts support is in tow, Mozilla has fixed the browser’s tendency to load insecure elements on secure pages and more.

You can find more details regarding today’s upgrade over at the release notes page if you want. If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, though, just head to the Google Play Store and initiate the free download.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Yay! It’s been a huge pet peeve being forced into the native browser when I use Firefox sync across workstation, laptop, phones and tablet. I’ve gotten pretty addicted to the Google Now functionality, so those things not talking has been pretty jarring. This is great news (the rest is pretty neat too..)

  2. Sweet!

  3. now just let me use Airview with my s pen.

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