Last September 26, Mozilla recently announced the release of the beta version of their Firefox version 57 update.
Because members of the non-profit community feel that “the version number – 57 – can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes” being made, developers chose to have the upcoming release dubbed as “Firefox Quantum” instead.
Mozilla announced that Firefox Quantum is now twice as fast as compared to the Firefox version 52 update that they released a year ago.
Developers analyzed the data using Mozilla’s Speedometer 2.0 benchmark tool to measure and compare the browser speed of these two versions.
Also, Mozilla claims that Firefox Quantum now consumes about 30% less RAM than Google Chrome, as measured by the ATSY project.
Firefox Quantum is set to be launched this coming November 14, 2017.
If you are currently reading this article on a desktop device, chances are that you might most probably be using Google Chrome as your web browser at the moment.
Statcounter reports that Google Chrome has been the world’s leading desktop browser ever since the third quarter of 2012.
The browser currently holds a worldwide market share of 63.35%.
Firefox, on the other hand, holds the world’s second largest desktop market share (14.23%), while Internet Explorer is ranked at third place (9.16%).
However, netizens from around the cybersphere believe that things might soon change with the upcoming Quantum update.
On the same day as its browser’s beta release, Mozilla uploaded a video on its Firefox YouTube page that showed a page load time comparison between Quantum Beta and Google Chrome on some of the top sites on the internet.
The video revealed Quantum’s browser speed to be on par with Google Chrome’s performance, ending with an invitation for online users to test-out the two browsers for themselves.
YouTube commenters gave praise to the video for its honest results and shared positive feedback regarding their personal experience with Firefox Quantum’s beta version as well.
Version 57 originally started out as a collaborative effort by software and platform engineers to create the next-generation web engine that could run all kinds of content being browsed online.
The Mozilla Community named this effort “Project Quantum.”
Quantum is designed to fully exploit the latest hardware and to achieve better parallelism by incorporating components from Mozilla’s Servo Research Project into the browser.
Both the Quantum CSS engine and the Servo experimental browser are written in Rust — a programming language pioneered by the Mozilla Community and known to operate blazing fast and really safe as well.
According to the recent release post from Mozilla’s official blog:
“Firefox’s new CSS engine runs quickly, in parallel across multiple CPU cores, instead of running in one slower sequence on a single core. No other browser can do this.”
Firefox Quantum is set to come with the Pocket integration — a read-it-later app that allows you to save online articles and access them later on while offline.
The app service, which was acquired by Mozilla last February 2017, also allows you to see trending stories and pages recommended by other Pocket users whenever a new tab is opened.
Quantum now comes with a brand new user interface design with menus that automatically changes its size depending on whether you are using a touch-screen or your mouse to interact with the browser.
This new design is a culmination of their Photon project, where Mozilla researchers and designers investigate on how web users perceive their web browsers.
The browser also includes other benefits as well, such as blocking ads with trackers (which reduces load time by 44% and data usage by 39%) and syncing browsing data to access open tabs, bookmarks, and passwords across all devices.
Also, for those who have already tried it out, which browser do you prefer to continue using — Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Quantum? And why?
Do share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comment section down below, as we would love to hear from you.
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