Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, Chrome 3.0.197.x, IE and HTML 5, Opera for Android
Article by George Norman
On 10 Aug 2009
We start the week with plenty of news from the browser world, news about Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Opera’s, well, Opera browser. Apple’s Safari browser is noticeably missing – that’s because it made the news last week when Safari 4.0.2 was released as part of the Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard update.

Firefox 3.6 Alpha1
After releasing the final version of Firefox 3.5 a little over a month ago, the Mozilla Foundation is now moving on to the next iteration of the web browser by releasing Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, codename Namoroka. With Firefox 3.6 the development team behind the software is focusing on making Firefox faster, enhance its overall performance, customization, web-application support and system integration, among other things. Mozilla Evangelist, Chris Blizzard, has provided a list of features available in Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, and it’s a long one:

Advertising

The TraceMonkey JavaScript engine has continued to get faster.
We’ve made a huge number of improvements to overall DOM and element layout performance. In some cases we’re much, much faster. We’ll cover details on those in a later post.
The compositor landing has made it possible to fix a large number of interactions between web content, CSS and plugins. We’ll be talking about this in a later post as well.
We now support the -moz-background-size CSS property which lets you set the size of background images.
We now support CSS Gradients.
We now support multiple background images.
We now support the rem unit as a CSS unit.
image-rendering is supported for images, background images, videos and canvases.
We now send a reorder event to embedded frames and iframes when their document is loaded.
We’ve removed the getBoxObjectFor() method. It was non-standard and exposed all kinds of non-standard stuff to the web.
We now send a hashchange event to a page whenever the URI part after the # changes.
We now have Geolocation address support for user-readable position information.
We now support the complete attribute on document.readystate.


If you would like to get Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 for Windows, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 for Mac OS X, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 for Linux, a download location is available here.
Please note that Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 is meant to be downloaded by developers and testers, not the regular user. Please look at the release notes before downloading.

Google Chrome 3.0.197.x
Google has another update available on the dev channel: Chrome 3.0.197.11 for Windows, Chrome 3.0.197.11 for Linux and Chrome 3.0.197.12 for Mac. The browser comes with several bug fixes (see here) and one very interesting new feature for the Windows version: use jumplists on Windows 7. The jumplist capability means you can access the 9 most visited webpages quickly, restore recently closed Chrome tabs and windows, open the browser in incognita (a.k.a “p*rn mode”).

Internet Explorer and HTML5
Microsoft has announced that it is now taking the HTML 5 Web standard seriously and plans to introduce support for it in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser. “As part of our planning for future work, the IE team is reviewing the current editor's draft of the HTML5 spec and gathering our thoughts. We want to share our feedback and discuss this in the working group. I will post our notes as we collect them so we can iterate on our thinking more quickly. At this stage we have more questions than answers but I believe that discussing them in public is the best way to make progress,” explained Internet Explorer Program Manager, Adrian Bateman.

Opera and Android
Opera’s CEO Jon von Tetzchner confirmed in an interview for PC Magazine that the company is currently working on an Android version of Opera Mobile. “Yes, we are working on an Android version,” said von Tetzchner, failing to provide an insight into when the software will be released though.



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Google, Chrome, Opera, Microsoft, Internet Explorer, HTML 5, Opera Mobile, Android
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 21 Jun 2017
Last fall, Mozilla released Firefox Focus, a fast mobile browser that blocks ads and trackers. Previously only available for iOS, this privacy-oriented browser is now available for Android too.
By George Norman on 21 Jul 2017
Firefox Focus for Android, the ad-blocking browser that Mozilla rolled out back in June, has reached a very important milestone: 1 million downloads. To celebrate this joyous occasion, Mozilla decided to update the browser and add 3 features that people had been asking for.
By George Norman on 24 Jul 2017
As someone who has been using Firefox day-to-day for a very – VERY – long time, I’ve grown to know a lot about Mozilla’s web browser. As such, I thought it a good idea to share part of my knowledge with you and highlight 10 tips & tricks that I’m sure you’ll find very useful.
By George Norman on 09 Aug 2017
Android started out as an underdog, as the mobile operating system that nobody took seriously. Big-name tech companies laughed it off and critics said it would fail miserably, but Android proved them all wrong and become the powerhouse that it is today.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, Chrome 3.0.197.x, IE and HTML 5, Opera for Android
HTML Linking Code