Firefox Quantum browser
Mozilla unwrapped ‘Firefox Quantum’, a major service of its web browser designed for multi-core, modern devices. Project Quantum, an effort to create a next-generation engine for modern computers by leveraging technology from the Servo research project.
Some of the fruits of this effort have already made their way to users, including WebVR support and the use of the WebAssembly language, and more optimizations coming to the Mozilla’s next-generation ‘Quantum’ browser.
According to a new Speedometer 2.0 benchmark tool, Mozilla’s open source tool, the browser offers major improvements in the speed department. Firefox Quantum is “two times faster” than Firefox was a year ago. And, Mozilla claims that it’s “often faster than Chrome, while consuming roughly 30% less RAM.
new CSS engine
The performance gains improve the use of new CSS engine, written in Firefox’s own Rust programming language. Which sees the browser taking advantage of multi-core desktop and mobile devices. This improved utilization of user computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster.
Firefox’s new CSS engine runs quickly, in parallel across multiple CPU cores, instead of running in one slower sequence on a single core. No other browser can do this.
Firefox Quantum also prioritize tabs, so that user actively using downloads and runs before other tabs open in the background.
Mozilla says the firm has also carried out a “browser-wide initiative to destroy any instances of slowness while using Firefox”, which has seen 468 issues fixed.
It’s not all about speed, as the user interface will also be changing with Firefox Quantum. As part of its Project Photon initiative, Mozilla will rid of the ugly curved tab design currently seen in Firefox and will able to take advantage of high-resolution screens.
Firefox Quantum available now in Beta on the desktop, Android, and iOS to all on 14 November.
More information: [Mozilla]