Mozilla, the firm known for its Firefox browser, has made a few major announcements today. It has introduced Firefox Quantum, the browser it claims is better than ever. In addition, it has also talked about some features and the ‘new’ default search engine in the new browser.
What is Firefox Quantum?
According to Mark Mayo, senior vice president of Firefox, the new Firefox Quantum browser is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago. The new browser is built on an overhauled core engine and has a new look for better productivity.
The company calls the new user interface as the Photo UI.
With Firefox Quantum, users can surf on multiple tabs without facing hiccups as the browser uses lesser memory than its potential competitors like Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge.
Mayo says that the Quantum works fast irrespective of the display and the size. It has a new CSS engine, taking better advantage of the current devices.
Firefox Quantum in numbers
A separate blog post says that it took the company one full year to create this new browser. Talking about touching lines of codes, the post adds that the team changed 75,342 files, added 4,888,199 lines of codes and changed 6,886,199 lines.
There are around 6,000 web extensions compatible with the Firefox browser. While creating Quantum, the team fixed 1,190 software bugs.
Google is back as the default search engine
Finally, you will also be able to set Google as your default search engine in Firefox Quantum. It is worth mentioning here that Firefox, back in 2014, announced a partnership with Yahoo to put it as the default search engine for next five years. But as you can see, the company broke the partnership.
“This is part of our ongoing search strategy, announced in 2014 to evaluate and select the best search experience in each region as opposed to having a single global default,” said the blog post.
Firefox currently has Yandex as the default search engine in Russia, Turkey, Belarus and Kazakhstan. In China and rest of the world it is using Yandex and Google search engines respectively.