Mozilla officially announced the released of Firefox 24 for Desktop (Windows, Mac & Linux) and Android earlier today. Among the most awaited and notable updates include the ability to mass “close tabs to the right” for the Desktop version and WebRTC support & NFC sharing for the Android version.
If you’re not familiar with WebRTC, it is a new HTML5 API that enables real-time communication within the browser such as video chat, video calling, P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing without the use of plugins or addons. This feature was already available in Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux since June and has now made its way to the Android version.
Unlike the previous release, the Desktop version of Firefox 24 isn’t much of an upgrade. Aside from the “close tabs to the right” feature, the only changes users will notice are new scrollbar styles for Mac and the ability to tear-off chat windows by dragging them out.
Here are some of the new, updated and fixed features that are included in the Desktop version of Firefox 24:
In Reader mode on Firefox for Android, users can switch fonts between serif and sans serif as well as automatically switch to “dark mode” (dark text on a light background) or “light mode” (light text on a dark background).
When using Reader, users also have the option to add articles to their Reading list and save it offline, allowing them to read it later when they’re no longer busy or for when they’ll be in areas where there is no WiFi or Internet access available.
Aside from that, Firefox for Android also allows users to easily share their favorite websites, articles and other web links with family and friends through the quickshare feature. On any website, just tap on the Menu icon, tap on Share and select how you want to share the link. Firefox for Android automatically adds your favorite sharing service and social networks to the Menu.
These are the new, updated and fixed features included in the Android version:
I’ve upgraded my desktop and Android installations to Firefox 24. The main web browser on my desktop is Firefox and I use it a lot because of the addons/extensions I use for work like FireFTP, MeasureIt, ColorZilla, Firebug, etc. But on my Android phone, I only use it once in a while so I’m not really gonna take advantage of the new features.
Anyone else upgraded to Firefox 24? Which version do you use most of the time – Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux or Firefox for Android? Which new features do you like the most? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.