Firefox 19 To Include Australis Interface

By | October 3, 2012 | 27 Comments

Firefox 19 To Include Australis InterfaceReminds us of the Google Chrome.

If you’ve been waiting used Firefox for quite some time now and new skins no longer satisfy your needs, then here is something to cheer you up.

According to the recent report, the upcoming Firefox 19 release will include a new UI called Australis, which aims to create a “smooth and streamlined appearance”.

Here are a couple of mockups to give you a better idea on how your favorite browser will look like:

Firefox 19 To Include Australis Interface

What about the Windows 8? We will have to wait and see.

[Thanks, Hiram]


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  • http://twitter.com/pablocubico Pablo Cúbico ⍾

    What about KDE?

    • Anon

      KDE isn’t included at all. There’s no chance for it ever. /s

  • Przemysław Lib

    Win8 Classic will be same as Win7. Unless MS change behavior of API, but I have not heard about such moves.

    Win8 Modern, is already ready for preview in FF18 which is currently in Nightly.

    • http://www.favbrowser.com FavBrowser.com

      Win 7 version seems to have some transparency while Windows 8 eliminates Aero look.

      • Przemysław Lib

        Aero look is just skin. All apis are there. Apps will not even notice.

        And a little bit of refreshing wont harm either. But more likely MS designers just made switch between “Classic” and “Modern” DE look less like switching between two hostile words.

  • cristianer

    I like it.

  • http://twitter.com/lhamil64 Lee

    This looks a little too similar to Chrome, although it does look more modern and “streamlined.”

  • buletbro

    I use Firefox because it does not look, feel or act like chrome, Opera or Internet Explorer. The geeks at Mozilla should stop worrying how it looks, Firefox is extremely customizable. What they should worry about is speed and the stability and better compatibility With add ons and plug-ins, especially Adobe flash player

    • darkcg

      In fact they’re not leaving those things behind. Firefox has one of the best CSS implementations (I’m not referring to CSS tests, I’m speaking about results).

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      Just noticed you have been brainwashed by the new stupid market campaign from Mozilla “Different by Design”. Congrats!

    • James

      I’m not looking forward to the new interface much either. There are already plenty of skins out there to make it look like Chrome/Chromium, so why on earth would anybody want to put it in permanently?

      If you don’t like it, get the Aurora or Nightly builds, (those are the ones whose feedback influences development most profoundly,) and submit some feedback on the new interface.
      On the other hand, it may end up looking pretty good on Firefox; who knows?

  • insanelyapple

    I think its the first time at Mozilla when software looks same as mockup.

  • pbug56

    Ignoring the horrific grammar of this article, I’ve no idea of what it is trying to say or illustrate. As to FireFox, they need to stop making you relearn it and make it more usable and better behaved. One tab hangs; it all hangs. Neither should happen. You want to search for a page, you still have to use the separate search ‘bar’. And the massive amount of ram it needs to display 6 tabs (about a gig) – wow! On the good side, it is not as sloppy as IE, and it doesn’t crash on file uploads and downloads like Chrome, but it feels like a worn out old junker performance wise compared to Chrome.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni

      Making you relearn? Nothing much is changing that is forcing you to take coaching for this version. Only a few minutes of using it will suffice. Also, it now (v19) includes single area for search and address bar… Taking lots of RAM? Not any more. Firefox is more memory efficient from v15 than other browsers mentioned by you. Once try the latest versions of the browser. I am sure that you will agree with me.

      • pbug56

        I use the current version, V15, and it is a big, hungry memory hog. Right now just under a gig ram. V19 is future/vapor ware – but I do look forward to a single search and address bar when it finally makes it to production. Maybe v19 also fixes the memory waste?

        I will give it one thing; overall it is a lot less buggy then chrome.

        • James

          Are you using a ton of addons? That will hog up plenty of ram.
          I used to be an add-on addict, but then I noticed that everything was going sooooooooo sloooooowly. So, I pruned my addons, and eveything went back to normal.
          Right now, 11 tabs open. With 3.4 Gig RAM + 2 Gig swap available, Firefox is using about 73 MB, with the highest spikes being 600-700 MB.
          Firefox just doesn’t seem that memory-intensive.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    Ugly as hell, as only Mozilla is able to do.

    • Scorpion3003

      If you think you can do better, let’s see it.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        I don’t need to do anything to have the right to criticize.

        —– Reply message —–

    • Hiram

      Well, as we can see from their current work, Opera’s designers far outclass the novices at Mozilla when it comes to horrendous looking UIs.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        Like providing a fully customizable interface and polishing the theme system, or revamping the Opera Mail UI, or dealing with multiple systems integrations/adaptations? …
        Apart from personal preference (Firefox looks huge and fat on these screenshots), I clearly see it’s highly inconsistent: rounded and squared buttons, some glows / some things change color…
        —– Reply message —–

        • Hiram

          All of the things you mentioned in the question part of your comment are fine. What’s not fine is the fact that the UI was essentially designed for Mac OS X, with Windows/Linux/FreeBSD being treated as second class citizens. What’s also not fine is the fact that the UI itself is bloated and filled with redundancies. There’s also the fact that their UI designers seem to have close to no creative faculties. And lastly, when it comes to inconsistencies – just open up Opera’s panel bar and compare what you see there to the rest of the browser.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            I’m a Windows user and never saw it that way, for me Opera aways had the “Opera UI” (not optimized for Mac or other).
            I don’t think Opera panels elements are inconsistent.

  • Austin

    When I saw the early builds, I felt fine with it, even though it looked so similar to chrome, because it still had a Firefox feel to it. However, now that they even took Chrome’s menu icon and smacked it onto Firefox. I think Firefox is having a bit of an identity crisis right now.

  • dwightstegall

    I’ll stick with Noia 4 theme.

  • GK

    yes, the tab sty;e in not the reason users are lost to chrome. Also power-firefox users have extensions to do the needed. As screens get smaller the menubar/tabs buttons/address and search bar need to consume as little space as possible, and simultaenously consume as little cpu-power as possible

  • DACAER

    Firefox has been shit since version 4.0.