Christmas arrives early.
Now here is something to get done before the end of this year. According to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), they have just finalized and published the specifications for Canvas 2D and HTML5. While that does not make them W3C standards just yet, there won’t be any more additions meaning that such specs are now feature complete so developers know exactly what to except and avoid the headaches in the future.
However, you will have to wait till the year 2014 because that’s when W3C plans to finalize the HTML5 standard.
What better way to end the year than to remember and remind you about the company’s progress in 2012.
This is exactly what Mozilla did and when you combine everything together, it does look impressive. For example: did you know that Firefox got over 100 new features in less than 12 months? How about close to 20,000 enhancements?
Well, you are about to.
With audio fixes.
While the majority of news this week were mostly about Firefox and Mozilla, it’s time to end that with the news from Google Chrome.
Turns out, the search giant has just release an update for the iOS platform, which fixes one of the widely reported announces: inability to play audio files when web browser is minimized. Well, things are about to change as the latest build does just that: allows you to play audio while running in the background.
Aimed at the multi core machines.
Year after year we keep hearing about the new ways and techniques to enhance the overall browser performance. However, while such tweaks are always welcome, the majority of them fall in the line of evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes.
For better or worse, the upcoming Firefox 18 release will no longer support distracting themes.
As of now, the current theme implementation requires loading massive images (300 x 200px for headers and 3000 x 100px for footers), resulting in slower startup times. Not only that but when you start animating data, things get even worse. Therefore, Mozilla has come up with a solution: disable animated themes and crop images during startup that match the screen resolution.
Now here is something to get you excited, a major browser release from something other than Microsoft or Google. As the name implies, the following build is all about the cloud. In fact, that’s where the majority of new features come from.
In addition to a much needed user interface redesign (although it still needs some work) and a new logo, Maxthon 4 focuses on three new things:
Not yet ready for the Windows 8.
Some time ago, we were promised that a final version of Firefox 19 will include a new user interface codenamed “Australis”. However, since the very first Firefox 19 builds used the now outdated UI, some users began to worry.
Well, worry no more as the first batch of nightly Firefox builds with the new user interface is here.
Mobile Browser Benchmarks: Android Browser 4.1 vs. Google Chrome 18 vs. Dolphin 9 vs. Firefox 17 vs. Maxthon 1.7 vs. Opera Mobile 12.1 vs. Sleipnir 2.5
Now here is something for the Android users.
Guys from TomsHardware took massive list of Android 4.1 (Jellybean) supported web browsers and tested all of them. If you got confused by too many alternatives, this article should give you a pretty good indicator on who’s leading and who’s lagging in this area.
You will be surprised, I promise. If not, you are not getting your time back.
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