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Firefox 22: ‘Faster than Safari’

25 June 2013 3,150 views One Comment

Firefox has been a memory hogging dog on the Mac for years. Mozilla, however, now claims that Firefox 22 is faster Safari…

Firefox has been a memory-hogging dog on the Mac for years. Mozilla is now claiming that Firefox 22 is faster than Safari, which might be true though the timing of when it happened is disputable.

Mozilla also claims that Firefox is now more private than Chrome, because it “respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.”

• Firefox 22 (download)
— Mac OS X: Download progress in Dock application icon
— HTML5 audio/video playback rate can now be changed
— Social services management implemented in Add-ons Manager
— asm.js optimizations (OdinMonkey) enabled for major performance improvements
— Improved WebGL rendering performance through asynchronous canvas updates
— Plain text files displayed within Firefox will now word-wrap
— For user security, the |Components| object is no longer accessible from web content
— Improved memory usage and display time when rendering images
— Pointer Lock API can now be used outside of fullscreen
— CSS3 Flexbox implemented and enabled by default
— New Web Notifications API implemented
— Added clipboardData API for JavaScript access to a user’s clipboard
— New built-in font inspector
— New HTML5 data and time elements

Exactly when did Firefox get fast? Yesterday’s OS X 10.9 Preview 2 mysteriously delivered greatly improved performance in Firefox 21 — something’s up, though not necessarily nefarious or magical.

Also, Firefox claims improved HTML5 compatibility, which it does if only a little.

Nevertheless, wherever and whenever it comes from, greasy fast speed is very, very nice…

What’s your take?

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