Firefox for Android updated with security enhancements


Firefox has just starting rolling out an update to the Android app, now on version 40.0. There are all the typical bug fixes and performance enhancements as well as a couple of new features.

Firefox 40.0 for Android

The new version of Firefox includes more protection against unwanted downloads. Basically when you view a website that is known to have ‘deceptive’ software, a warning will appear telling you of the problems.

Next up in terms of new features, you can also do a long press on the back/forward buttons to view your browsing history.

Other fixes include a change to how JPEG images are handled, apparently to make them use less memory. Furthermore, “sub-resourceS” can’t request HTTP authentication, which essential means that users are better protected from giving login data to the wrong site.

Firefox 40.0 for Android is available now on the Google Play Store.

Here’s the complete list of what’s new:-

  • Added protection against unwanted software downloads
  • Long press on back/forward navigation buttons in app menu to bring up history list
  • JPEG images use less memory when scaled and can be painted faster
  • Sub-resources can no longer request HTTP authentication, thus protecting users from inadvertently disclosing login data
  • IndexedDB transactions are now non-durable by default
  • Implemented AudioBufferSourceNode.detune to modulate playback rate in cents, a logarithmic unit of measure used for musical intervals
  • Open links from Android applications in the same tab via EXTRA_APPLICATION_ID
  • Various security fixes

SOURCE: Mozilla.


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