December 23, 2010
Mozilla has released Firefox 4 Beta with improved synch features and rendering for 3D graphics as well as a change to the Add-ons Manager.
This latest addition streamlined the browser’s Firefox Sync setup that allows a user to securely sync their bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and smartphones. This includes desktops, laptops, Android or Nokia Maemo phones and iPhones.
Additionally, this release supports WebGL, an open standard for accelerated 3D graphic rendering on the Web that previously required third-party plug-ins. This enhancement works with “most modern built-in graphics cards”. According to the Mozilla blog, this increased support is “making it easier for developers to create interactive 3D games, vivid graphics and new visual experiences for the Web without the use of third-party plug-ins.”
This beta release also offers a revamped Firefox Add-ons Manager. Highlights include:
- No more warnings when add-ons are out of date; Firefox will now update them automatically;
- Developers can now build their add-ons for Firefox 4 so that no restart is required;
- Instead of managing add-ons in a small, separate window, the Add-ons Manager now loads in a tab.
Keep in mind this is a beta version, so Mozilla warns of possible incompatibilities with some websites and/or plugins.
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