Great news! Mozilla just released the latest version of their Firefox browser, the third most popular browser in the world. It brings with it vast improvements that promise to make the browser more stable, responsive and less susceptible to crashing.
The secret sauce is in their new multi-process system nicknamed "Electrolysis." This will essentially separate Firefox browser user interface processes from web content.
This means that if you have multiple tabs open and you're running low on memory, the Firefox toolbar and buttons will remain functional. For example, if a website app freezes, you could still close other tabs, refresh or hit back if needed. This will surely be a big relief for power Firefox users.
The new update, Firefox 48, will also bring security enhancements to protect against malicious downloads and unverified add-ons. They improved the auto-complete suggestions in the address bar as well. Firefox will even let you know if your search term is in your bookmarks or open tabs.
They also tweaked the Discovery Pane interface for a cleaner and more interactive look. Users can now activate suggested add-ons and themes by just toggling it on. For custom interface fans, a small but useful tweak we like is the convenient full browser preview of a theme by merely hovering on the theme image. This is great for testing out the look of a theme before applying it.
On the mobile front, Firefox for Android will now let users move Synced Tabs to History, merge Reading Lists with Bookmarks and auto-pause videos when receiving a call.
The Firefox 48 update is being deployed to users on a gradual basis so if you don't have it yet, don't worry, everyone will get it sooner or later.
If the update is available for you, the new version should be automatically installed after you restart your Firefox browser.
To manually check for updates on the desktop, click "About Firefox" on the menu bar and Firefox will automatically determine if a new version is available.