Firefox 7 pre-release with reduced memory footprint lands in Aurora channel

Mozilla Firefox logoMozilla recently transitioned to shorter development cycles for Firefox, with the aim of issuing a new release every six weeks. Firefox 5 arrived last month with a number of minor user-facing changes. The next update, version 6, reached beta status last week and is expected to launch on August 16.

Still, the development effort on Firefox 7 is already underway and Mozilla has started rolling out builds for testing in the Aurora channel. Due to the new faster-paced release management strategy, Mozilla is doing aggressive pre-release testing of multiple versions in parallel. We took a quick hands-on look at the new builds to see the new functionality in action.

Firefox 6 offers some noteworthy new features for Web developers, including improvements to the built-in development tools and support for a number of significant emerging Web standards.

The beta includes support for WebSockets and server-sent events. WebSockets was originally supposed to land in Firefox 4, but was pulled prior to release due to some technical concerns about the protocol. An updated WebSockets implementation based on the latest draft version of the specification is available in Firefox 6 with a vendor-specific prefix.

The Web Console, which displays page error messages and provides an interactive JavaScript interface, has received a number of improvements in Firefox 6, including a nice autocompletion feature. The browser's built-in development tool set has also been expanded with the addition of Scratchpad, a simple text editor for inputting and running JavaScript.

Firefox 7 is still at a relatively early stage of development, but there are already some very significant improvements. Reducing the browser's memory footprint is a big focus for version 7. The developers say that users can expect to see memory usage decrease by 30 percent in the latest Aurora builds. These improvements reflect the success of Mozilla's MemShrink project, which is tackling the issue from all sides. Cracking down on leaks and improving garbage collection have already produced excellent results.

During our day of hands-on testing with the Firefox 7 pre-release build in the Aurora channel, we definitely saw improved memory consumption behavior under real-world usage conditions. More significantly, the whole browser felt a bit snappier than previous versions after hours of use. We intend take a closer look at the memory improvements later in the cycle.

The Aurora and Beta versions are available for download from Mozilla's website. For more details, you can refer to the official release announcements.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Firefox, Mozilla

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
You may still be able to download your content
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (16)