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Mozilla Launches Firefox Quantum, Poses Real Threat to Google Chrome

Mozilla Launches Firefox Quantum, Poses Real Threat to Google Chrome

If you want to install Firefox 57 on Android, go to Play Store and get it as a beta version or go to apkmirror.com and download & install it as any other APK file.

In addition the minimalist user interface dubbed Photon is created to make mobile users' experience just as smooth as of those running the browser on a desktop. Firefox Quantum integrates the search and address bars in a bid to reduce the clutter usually found on top of the window.

Mozilla unveiled the new and improved version 57 of Firefox on Tuesday, claiming that the browser is now twice as fast as before.

Mozilla is hoping that the changes Firefox Quantum carries will be more than enough to challenge Chrome and other browsers. Google's popular, crips browser took over Mozilla Firefox back in 2011, and ever since then, the latter has had trouble getting back on its feet. Until now, Mozilla has always numbered, never named, its browser releases.

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Nearly lost among the visual and technological changes was a simultaneous announcement that after three years, Firefox is switching back to Google as the default search engine in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Previously, Firefox used Yahoo as the default search provider. Those five-year contract period is not up yet.

Verizon who owns Yahoo said Mozilla terminating the agreement caught it off guard. In 2015, for example, Yahoo paid Mozilla about $375 million, or approximately $100 million more than Google laid out in 2013, the last full year of its Firefox arrangement.

If you'd like to try it for yourself, head over to Mozilla.org to give it a spin.

But will Firefox's remodel be enough to cause its share to, say, overtake Microsoft's declining Internet Explorer/Edge combination (with a 19.7% share last month), or erode Chrome's dominance (59.8%)? Firefox surprised Verizon Communication Inc.'s Yahoo as the internet browser canceled their previous deal. "It would have to be so unique". "I just don't see how they can come back". Since a lot of people already use Firefox on mobile, you might already have the update on your iOS or Android device.


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