With Firefox 9 Aurora, Mozilla has wrapped up this set of updates, coming after Firefox 7 stable and Firefox 8 Beta. Firefox 9 promises to be an interesting release, but, as per usual, the new features and changes are not huge, unless you're an Android tablet user.
Most of the changes are under the hood, but Firefox 9 should feel faster and snappier than previous releases. Memory usage has been further improved, following the big update in Firefox 7 and continued efforts in Firefox 8.
"The latest Firefox Aurora for Android has lots of exciting new experimental features that make browsing simpler and more intuitive, especially on tablets," Mozilla summarized.
"This update also includes technologies that will help developers create more interactive websites and apps," it said.
New Android tablet UI
Firefox 9 Aurora, is the first release to feature the new tablet interface for the Android builds. We've previewed the new UI earlier and it landed in the developer versions a few weeks back.
Now, more adventurous users running the Aurora channel can see it in action for themselves.
On the desktop front, most changes are under the hood, but they're pretty interesting nonetheless.
Firefox 4 introduced the Do Not Track header. This enabled users to 'tell' websites that they don't want to be tracked by advertisers, building a user profile on them.
Another thing that should speed up websites, provided developers implement it, is support for chunking XMLHttpRequest (XHR). This way, data can be displayed and used by websites as soon as it starts arriving, before the full download has completed.
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Firefox for Mac is available for download here.