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On Tuesday, Mozilla shifts its mobile browser to a faster new foundation--but leaves other features behind.
A native Android interface should make Firefox faster and use less memory--but Mozilla is sacrificing add-on compatibility for the performance boost.
Mozilla has begun adding mobile device support to its newer extensions framework--but it's also changing Jetpack's direction and requiring earlier extensions to be rebuilt.
The new test version adds Twitter username and hashtag search, tab-loading controls, and restrictions on add-ons that other software might try to install.
The Firefox backer is getting serious about a second crack at Jetpack, its new-and-improved foundation for add-ons to customize the browser.
An overhauled version of Firefox for Android could come shortly after January 31--or maybe six weeks later, a stretch in which Apple might sell 26 million iPhones and iPads.
Mozilla programmers hope to release the first beta version of Jetpack, Firefox 4's new foundation for customization through add-ons, on Monday. It won't be feature-complete, though.
New Firefox versions now will emerge every six weeks as Mozilla tries to be more competitive. That's too rapid for some, but Mozilla is willing to leave them behind.
Safari 1.1 Changes, and future Safari improvements
Open-source software developer releases an update that addresses vulnerabilities of users' sensitive information in Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey.