Browser, Mozilla, Software

Mozilla releases Firefox 17 for Desktop and Firefox for Android

Mozilla foundation just release another update of Firefox browser and it looks like this it made sure that there will be no security vulnerability just like what happened with version 16.

Firefox 17 will the first version of Firefox that will integrate the Social API – which Mozilla said “will let you take a link and push it to a social service.” and first to use this Social API is Facebook via their Messenger for Firefox. You just need to turn on the Messenger for Firefox and you should have the familiar FB’s notifications icon, friend requests and messages on Firefox Navigation toolbar. The Messenger for Firefox will practically and permanently place your Facebook Sidebar on right side of your Browser and will be available no matter what site you access. It’s a neat new feature that will allow you be on Facebook even if you are not on Facebook.

Other new feature of Firefox 17 is web app support (Windows/Mac/Linux) – where you can create web app and can even run it offline and the Firefox for Mac OS X will now have VoiceOver support turned on by default, plus Mac OS 10.5 Leopard will no longer be supported by Firefox 17, so if you want to use Firefox 17, better upgrade your Mac OS or just keep using older version of Firefox.

I’ve been playing with the Messenger for Firefox for more than 4 hours now and this new feature of FF 17 will surely be a run away hit for people are are living in FB universe. Since turning on the Messenger for Firefox, I noticed that there are occasional freezing when access links and refreshing the page even within Facebook.com but I’m sure Mozilla will eventually improve this feature and twitter will someone release their own “Twitter for Firefox” using the new Social API of Firefox.

Integrating social media onto your browser is not new, in fact Rockmelt was one of the first (if not the first) to do it but now it looks like they’re focusing on mobile and have abandoned developing the desktop version of it’s browser.

Before releasing Firefox 17, Mozilla already unveil the new Firefox for Android that now supports ARMv7 and ARMv6 processors. To upgrade to the latest version of Firefox, just click here and to get the Firefox for Android, you can get it from Google Play Store.

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