Firefox is now different and better. Last year, Mozilla released Quantum which is a new version. Mozilla stated that the innovated Firefox uses less memory than the competitor. It means you can open lots of tabs and browsing will still run smoothly. It brilliantly designed and quick.
What Does Firefox Have to Offer?
Firefox distinctively offers privacy tools such as a built-in feature for blocking ad trackers and a “container”. The container can be installed to deter Facebook from monitoring your activities across the web. Other browsers don’t have those features.
The Privacy Features
Thousand of extensions modifies the browsing experience of a user. They’re all available on both Chrome and Firefox browsers. Though, Chrome has hundreds of thousands of extensions, unlike Firefox that has approximately 11,000.
There was no big difference between using Firefox and Chrome. They both use 1Password, the popular password-management program. Both browsers support uBlock Origin, the ad blocker approved by many security experts. When you visit websites, both support extensions that prevent videos from automatically playing. Facebook Container, the new extension of Mozilla, can isolate the Facebook identity into its own container. This makes it hard for the social network to track you outside its site.
The new privacy features of Firefox stood out from the rest of the other browsers. The privacy settings can be customized. The users can turn on the tracking protection that blocks online trackers from complies your browser data across multiple websites. While Chrome can also support that using a third party extension to block trackers. The lesser add-ons that a user has to use the better it works in the long run.
The Speed and Battery tests
Some benchmark websites determine speed differently. Most of them will say that the web elements of Chrome are faster than Firefox. Yet, a user experienced just the same speed on both browsers.
Based on the claims of Mozilla, Firefox uses up less computer memory that raises hopes that it’s expected to use less battery life. Yet when a user tests it on a laptop running a script that automatically reloaded the top 10 news sites, Firefox lasted only a few minutes longer than Chrome before the battery was used up. It’s also tested with Netflix video streaming on a loop on each browser. For about 20 minutes, the battery lasted longer when the Chrome browser was used.
As of the moment, Firefox stands as the Top 2 computer browser with 12% of the desktop browser market. According to StatCounter, Chrome has almost the 67% of the browser market. While Explorer’s has about 7% and Safari’s about 5.5% of the browser market which are both far behind Chrome and Firefox.
When it comes to mobile versions, the Chrome browser is still far most downloaded app than Firefox’s mobile browser in Android. For Apple’s iOS devices, only lightweight versions of Firefox are available.
Mozilla offers Firefox Focus as well. It is the privacy-centric mobile browser that blocks trackers by default. It also clears the user’s web browsing history as soon as they close out of a page.
These are privacy-conscious web products that Mozilla is in a position to expand on in the long term. The nonprofit has no direct relationship with advertisers; it gets a small sum from search providers like Google and Bing when a search is conducted through their sites using a Firefox product.
Mozilla has the position to explore the privacy-conscious web products in the long run. Without the profit, they don’t have any ties with advertisers. Unlike Google and Bing, it gets a small sum from search providers when a search is done using a Firefox product.
Mozilla takes advantage of being in the second place. Mr. Mayo said, “the advantage of when you get beaten down is you kind of drop some of your own ego around your decisions… We had a lot less to lose.”
The Firefox Returns
The Mozilla made the non-profit Firefox browser in the early 2000s. The early users of this browser know that it started as the faster, better-designed tool to surf the Internet. When Google Chrome came into the picture in 2008, users switched to them as they consider it as a more secure and versatile browser.
Recently, Mozilla decided to do a fresh start with Firefox. Six of their employees gathered to discuss the state of the web browser. At that moment, they arrived at a conclusion that there is a “crisis of confidence” in the web.
In an interview, Mark Mayo, the Mozilla’s chief product officer, said: “If they don’t trust the web, they won’t use the web… That just felt to us like that actually might be the direction we’re going. And so we started to think about tools and architectures and different approaches.”