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Mozilla has just unveiled new screen shots for the new FireFox 5–while Mozilla is still working out the bugs for Firefox 4, which currently is still in beta. According to Mozilla’s January newsletter, it would seem that regardless of the minor fixes to the Firefox 4 browser, the version is still scheduled for release soon, so that it can make way for the new Firefox 5 browser, and the future browsers will be released on a more frequent release cycle. The excerpt below states:

We are going to a fast release cycle. It serves our users better. To do that we have to get this touch and go done with Firefox 4.”  Weekly Engineering Newsletter, 2011 Jan 19.

Chrome is rolling out newer and stabler versions of its browser approximately every six-weeks. Google’s obsession with speed and browser stability has deemed it necessary for the popular Firefox browser to play “catch up.”  Chrome is set to increase its update frequency, with a stable version of its browser available every six-weeks. Why? Due to frequent development of enhance features and browser applications, Google wants to ensure Chrome users will have immediate access to these new features. So, if there are applications ready to go at the end of the six-week cycle, then those applications are included in the release. Those that are not will be made available at a future release date. Prior to this, Google released newer versions of its browser approximately every 13-weeks.  Frequent releases help to curb the stability issues in Chrome, thereby facilitating a new standard for faster and efficient web browsing. We can see why Mozilla is starting to pick up the pace.

Check out the images for the possible new features for Firefox 5 below:

FireFox 5 will have a more ‘stream-lined search field‘ and will be color coded so that the user would know which search engine in use. For example, when the user enters the search query in the field, or selecting the engine activates the button or switch.

New ‘Site-Specific’ browsers that would allow users to create their own menus and have options that would be ‘specific’ for that website. The ‘locations’ will appear on the bottom. History and bookmarks will be removed and sites that are off the main domain would conveniently open as a “new tab” in the main window.

The new user ‘add-on’ selection screen will allow the user to now have the option to choose a particular add-on and be able to enable/disable auto-updates.

‘Firefox Sync’ will allow its users to be able to ‘sync’ passwords, bookmarks, web history and preferences on both the desktop and mobile phone applications.

A host of potential new features with no finite information regarding an expected release date for Firefox 5. However, Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta is available for download and testing as of  February 8, 2011 and will include a “Do Not Track” feature so that users can have more control over online behavioral tracking. This way, FireFox users would have more control over how their personal information is collected online. Firefox has a proposed “road-map” that details their intent to roll out Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7–in the upcoming 2011 year.

Let’s hope Mozilla get’s everything worked out in time.

All Image credit: Mock-up by Alex Faaborg on behalf of the Mozilla FireFox user experience team.


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When AIDY isn't writing poetry, she likes to write film reviews. If she is curious about something she seen or heard, she'd maybe write about that, too.
  • http://www.jocurile.us/ Alex@Jocuri

    Is it me or mozilla wants to integrate more of social media into their browser.

    I like mozilla, heck I am using it, but I think they are trying to include all the features they are seeing on other browsers in just one. What I would really want to see it’s better memory management from mozilla. I usually surf the internet for long hours and when I am looking ath my memory usage I see that mozilla is using 50-30%.

    So, all the new features are cool, but I hope they can address older issues too.

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      They have to be able to compete with Chrome. Social media is not going away soon and from what I been reading, it is becoming more prevalent in other areas of communications. I agree. Better memory is something I hope they are looking into as well.

  • http://www.guidegoodshq.com Edwin@Computer Tips

    This looks real cool, cant wait

  • http://ronleyba.com RonLeyba

    Awesome upgrade and update by the mozilla team. I hope they will work in good manners though.

  • http://marketsecrets.biz Caleb

    I’ve been a heavy firefox user ever since the first day I took this internet thing seriously. IE was just too slow for me and Chrome simply never worked when I first tried it so I never saw a reason to try it again.

    Firefox has add-ons that cannot be beat like the “Screengrab Screen Capturing” addon and the “Download Youtube vids straight to my windows library” plugin.

    I am glad they’re doing something regarding “Site Specifics” as this is what I was already doing by creating tagged bookmarks for grouping certain sites I frequently use anyway.

    Oh and that Do Not Track option is definitely another cool addition :cool:

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      I found this as well when I used Chrome at one time. It was all consuming–nothing ever seemed to work. I been with Firefox and I still think it is the best browser out there. If they need time to get it right. I think it shows that they are serious about quality. The ‘do not track’ is a fantastic feature.

  • http://www.giftsforwife.net/ Alex@gifts for wife

    Not impressed.
    They should focus more on quality and less on speed.

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      I think this is why they are taking so long with v4. There are those minor bugs they are continuously improving on for v5 compatibility. They are making it work–slowly, but surely.

      • http://www.giftsforwife.net/ Alex@gifts for wife

        The thing i miss about firefox is its speed of browsing. I’ve been using firefox for a lot of years and i gradually got more and more dissatisfied with it’s working speed.
        Now i only use it because some plugins are not available in other browsers, but for surfing i just use Opera or Safari. Actually, any other browser is faster. Maybe even IE8.

        • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

          I’ve noticed that a few times I found Firefox ‘not responding’ when I am really researching the web for study materials for school and other than that, been pleased with it. Who knows, I may try a new browser later on–depending how the newer versions of Firefox works. I guess that only time will tell.

  • Hamoody@Hostgator Coupon

    I’ve been a heavy firefox user ever since the first day I took this internet thing seriously. IE was just too slow for me and Chrome simply never worked when I first tried it so I never saw a reason to try it again.

    Firefox has add-ons that cannot be beat like the “Screengrab Screen Capturing” addon and the “Download Youtube vids straight to my windows library” plugin.

    Oh and that Do Not Track option is definitely another cool addition

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      Dude, you totally just ripped off the comment above by @Caleb. #fail

  • http://dirtcheapairlinetickets.biz/silpada+jewelry+catalog/ Basam@silpada

    I am shifting towards chrome because of its interface and attractive features.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      I am personally hooked on Chrome, but will certainly check out FF5 when it releases.

  • http://www.bioteck.net Behrad

    Cool!! Currently I’m really looking forward to FireFox 4 final release! =)

  • http://www.vergent.net jenn @ t1 service

    I know people keep saying that Chrome is getting more and more stable, but I still find that it crashes more than any other browser, and I don’t even have any plugins installed! On the up side, it is definitely fast.

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      Chrome is really fast! However, it conflicts with one of my mmorpg’s. So, I am sticking with FireFox while they sort themselves out.

  • http://techotoys.blogspot.com Rajesh@Hack Facebook Account

    The screenshots seem to be delighting. Seems FF has worked hard for FF5. C’mon FF, give us Firefox 5 the earliest… just cant wait.

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      I agree, Mozilla need to get their hustle on :)

  • http://social-catalog.com aatif

    Using firefox since my starting days of internet . i love this browser and this is great news for me ..

  • http://www.techdaring.com/ Tony @ Technology News

    Wow, the Firefox 4 isn’t get final version yet.

    • http://aidyspoetry.net/ aidyspoetry

      Firefox is rolling out the updates as we speak! Current version is 3.6+ downloaded 3/4/2011. Looks like they are on target with their roll out plans!