Mozilla releases Firefox version 100 this week

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Enlarge / The first time you launch a new Firefox installation, you’ll see a special 100th version welcome page.

Samuel Axon

Firefox released its 100th update, and some fanfare accompanied the release on Mozilla’s blog about the web browser. Firefox 100 is available this week for both desktop and mobile versions.

To celebrate, Mozilla says it will be regularly sharing Firefox-inspired fan art throughout May. But while that number of 100 has some symbolic weight, the update itself isn’t particularly monumental.

On desktop, subtitles and captions are now supported in Firefox’s picture-in-picture mode for videos. Three major sites officially support subtitles and captions in PIP: YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. Also, the feature works on websites that support the WebVTT standard, such as B. Twitter.

So much for the new features for desktop, but there’s even more going on on the mobile side. First, there is a new view of browsing history. Mozilla says it’s reduced clutter in this new history window by removing duplicates and automatically grouping related items — like multiple pages brought up by the same search query. You can now also search your history using a text box.

“Clutter-free” is also the game’s name for mobile tab improvements. To help users who tend to leave tabs open for weeks with the intention of eventually reaching them, creating unmanageable clutter, Firefox now automatically sorts tabs you haven’t looked at in 14 days into an “Inactive Tabs” section ” around.

There are also two new wallpapers for Android and iOS called “Beach Vibes” and “Twilight Hills”. Other changes include HTTPS-only mode on Android, a prompt to choose a language on first launch, and extending the credit card autofill feature (previously seen only in North America) to the UK, France, and Germany.

Android got some of those features right away, but iOS should have them by the end of the week, says Mozilla.


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