Browsers are funny things. We use them every day, but most people don’t ever really think about switching to a new one. You have multiple options as of right now – Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Safari – but most people either use Chrome, Safari or IE.
Why? Simple: Chrome ships aboard Android phones, the most used phones on the planet, Safari does the same thing on iPhone and Macs, and IE, well… IE is default on Windows and there’s a lot of Windows PCs out there.
Mozilla, however, is now back with a brand new browser that is called Firefox Quantum. And this isn’t your average browser; the beta version which is now available is twice as fast as the current Firefox browser and uses 33% less energy than Google’s Chrome.
“Firefox has historically run mostly on just one CPU core, but Firefox Quantum takes advantage of multiple CPU cores in today’s desktop and mobile devices much more effectively,” Mozilla explains on its blog. “This improved utilization of your computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster.”
The look and feel of the browser has also been updated. Called Photon, the new UX is clean and simple to interact with. Combine this with the speed and efficiency improvements and Firefox could well be making a lot of new friends in 2017/18.
"We’re confident that with Photon," Mozilla added, "Firefox Quantum users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first. Photon doesn’t just look good, it’s also smarter. If you’re using Photon on a Windows PC with a touch display, the menus change size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger.”
The new design also features plenty of aesthetic changes; things like square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots.
Mozilla acquired Pocket last year, so it’s inclusion natively is no surprise and how it is integrated is really very intuitive, adding yet another big USP to Firefox Quantum.
Firefox Quantum is available now in beta and it will also work on Android and iOS, as well as desktop PCs and Macs. The gold standard release is landing on November 14, but if you’re interested in trying out the beta now you can do so HERE.