Firefox 58 released with speedier WebAssembly compiler

Firefox for Android updated with PWA support improved bookmarking
       By Rei Padla

Now called Firefox Quantum (it is okay to still refer to it as simply Firefox), Mozilla's browser is noticeably faster than previous versions-over twice as fast, according to Mozilla.

"Since January 28 is International Data Privacy Day, it's a good time to talk about one of Firefox Quantum's most powerful features - Opt-in Tracking Protection". The original feature itself launched over two years ago in Private Mode. With Firefox 58, users can have this option enabled even in the normal browsing mode.

On the UI side, Firefox 58 includes support for auto-filling credit card details, a feature that users can disable or enable from the Privacy section of the browser's settings panel.

With todays release, were building on the great foundation provided by Firefox Quantum on desktop and adding new capabilities for Firefox for Android.

To turn on 24/7 Tracking Protection, open "Preferences", click "Privacy and Security", and then select "Always" under "Tracking Protection". It's also available on Firefox for iOS and Android.

The Firefox browser was one of the first to introduce tracking protection in 2015. Firefox recommends keeping it on "Always" for maximum performance and protection.

Mozilla has also improved the way Firefox renders graphics - launching an improved engine that more efficiently paints your screen, using a dedicated CPU thread - and caches JavaScript to help pages load faster. The impact of this improvement is that Firefox Quantum is now even faster, and on certain websites, much smoother. "While running this test, Firefox's frame rate improved by 30 per cent (from 31 to 40 frames per second)".

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Improved bookmarking and Progress Web Apps (PWA) Support have also been included in the update for Firefox on Android smartphones.

Android users gain support for Progressive Web Apps, allowing users to pin favorite websites to their home screen and use them like regular apps. When users are browsing in Firefox for Android and come across a website that is a PWA, you'll see a house-shaped button in your address bar.

Firefox Quantum will test whether Mozilla's efforts to modernize its browser can pay off.

The upcoming Firefox 59 will help you stop sites from asking for permission to send you notifications and know your location, but you can stop these right now in the current build of Firefox with a little digging. With bookmarking, you are shown a full screen where folders and bookmarks can be created and organized easily. Adding the app to the home screen can be done by tapping the house button.

Jack Wallen walks you through the process of managing both default and site permissions with Firefox Quantum, so you can enjoy a more secure and reliable browsing experience.

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