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Firefox snags a new look and healthy speed boost in major update

14 November 2017

Quantum is Mozilla's project to build the next-generation web engine for Firefox users, building on the Gecko engine as a solid foundation. Starting with Firefox 57, the browser will come with a slew of new algorithms baked in to make itself twice as fast as previous versions from earlier this year.

Speed is the big message that Mozilla is pushing with Firefox Quantum. A reduction in memory use means faster web browsing, the ability to have more tabs open at once, and less of a chance that your computer decides to slow down while it does some memory cleanup.

Firefox Quantum, also called Firefox 57, has a new user interface that gives it a more modern look.

"Anyone who downloads this version, which is so advanced we call it "Firefox Quantum", simply can't help but notice the speed, performance improvements, and the responsively slick new UI", wrote David Bryant in a Medium post Tuesday. That performance increase is complemented by an architecture upgrade that, according to the company, uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome. The Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play and the iOS version (which is usually updated separately from the other platforms) should eventually arrive on Apple's App Store.

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The name Quantum was originally the developers code name for all of the UI work, but as time progressed they realized that what they were working on was going to be a totally new product and thus needed a new name.

The biggest change? It's blazing fast, running twice as fast as the Firefox of just six months ago. Even if that's getting too technical for you, this is what matters: Stylo is created to take better advantage of hardware and for low power consumption. We looked at real world hardware to make Firefox look great on any display, and we made sure that Firefox looks and works like Firefox regardless of the device you're using.

Photon on a Windows PC with a touch display, for example, adjusts the menu size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger.

The new, minimalist design introduces square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots.

Firefox snags a new look and healthy speed boost in major update