Mozilla Releases Firefox 24, Brings WebRTC Support and NFC-Based Link Sharing on Android

Mozilla officially rolled out Firefox 24 for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android. Version 24 brings number of enhancements which includes NFC sharing and WebRTC support on Android and a new option to mass close tabs “to the right” on desktop.

The latest Firefox version for desktop was made available by the company last night on the organizations FTP server, but it was the initial roll out by the installers. Mozilla released Firefox version 24 over Firefox.com and all the current users would be able to upgrade it spontaneously on their desktops now. But as usual, Firefox 24 for Android will likely to be rolled out slowly on Google Play.

Firefox 24 for Android

Firefox for Android will support all three WebRTC modules to offer developers access to the webcam and microphone, as well as the capability to call other browsers and transmission of data among them. This means that Firefox users would now be able to capture microphone streams or camera directly through their Firefox Android using only JavaScript.

Next up is Quickshare For sharing links; the Android team of Firefox presents a new “quickshare” feature in the Firefox Share menu. If you frequently share links to Facebook, Twitter or via text messages or email, Firefox now allows you to mechanize this. The browser will now spontaneously supplement your most recurrent sharing service to the Share menu button, so directing your newest online detection to your Twitter friends can be carried out with few clicks.

More significantly, Firefox for Android now provides the facility for sharing over NFC. This means you can now share open tabs simply by bumping your Android mobile with your friend’s Android phone.

The other feature of Firefox for Android that is receiving a renovation with this roll out is Reader, Mozilla’s comparatively unidentified distraction -free reading service with offline storing. Reader can now spontaneously switch among day and night modes, provisional on the level of light in the room, and lets users to rapidly switch among serif and sans serif fonts.

Here’s the full Firefox 24 for Android changelog:

  • NEW: Enabled support for WebRTC.
  • NEW: Ability to share open tabs between NFC-enabled phones.
  • NEW: Easy access to your favourite share application from main menu. Read more in the blog post.
  • NEW: Added support for Braille, Popup announcements, Door hangers retain focus and  a lot more for TalkBack users.
  • NEW: Better night reading experience with Night mode functionality in Reader.
  • NEW: Added Swedish, British and Catalan to Android multi-locale builds.
  • DEVELOPER: Removed support for sherlock files that are loaded from application or profile directory.
  • CHANGED: Baidu is now the default search engine for the Chinese locale.
  • FIXED: Can’t write accented characters on HTC devices (see 906506).
  • FIXED: 24.0: Security fixes can be found here.

Firefox 24 for Desktop

Equated to Firefox 23, this is not a big roll out for the Linux, Mac and Windows. Mac users will notice a new scrollbar style on OS X 10.7 and users of the browsers social features will appreciate the ability to tear-off chat windows by just dragging.

The main feature addition is perhaps the option to close all tabs to the right of the present tab. You can read more about it here and access the new option in the right-click tab menu:

Here’s the official changelog for Firefox 24:

  • NEW: Support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer.
  • NEW: Implemented Close tabs to the right.
  • NEW: Social: Ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.
  • CHANGED: Accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs (see 577727).
  • CHANGED: Removed support for Revocation Lists feature (see 867465).
  • CHANGED: Performance improvements on New Tab Page loads (see 791670).
  • DEVELOPER: Major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling (see 600207).
  • DEVELOPER: Improved and unified Browser console for enhanced debugging experience, replacing existing Error console.
  • DEVELOPER: Removed support for sherlock files that are loaded from application or profile directory.
  • FIXED: Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in webrtc.org capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate (see 886886).
  • FIXED:
    24.0: Security fixes can be found here.

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