Mozilla Firefox 96 brings new features to Android and Desktop

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Unlike other browsers, Firefox uses its own rendering engine. Accordingly, Mozilla has the power to try new improvements and changes. The company is now rolling out a new version of the browser, Firefox 96 for Android and desktop that brings a bundle of improvements. Also, the search engine becomes faster with each update.

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The Mozilla Firefox 96 intends to squash every possible bug hindering the user experience. Both Desktop and Android platforms are upgrading with tons of improvements and a handful of new features. To mention a few, you get noise cancellation on calls, history highlights, and a refined home page. Refer to the changelog below for precise details.

Desktop Changelog

New features

  • We’ve made significant improvements in noise suppression and auto-gain-control as well as slight improvements in echo-cancellation to provide you with a better overall experience.
  • We’ve also significantly reduced the main-thread load.
  • Firefox will now enforce the Cookie Policy: Same-Site=lax by default which provides a solid first line of defense against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

Fixes

  • On macOS, Command-clicking links in Gmail now open them in a new tab as expected.
  • Our newest release fixes an issue where video intermittently drops SSRC.
  • It also fixes an issue where WebRTC downgrades screen sharing resolution to provide you with a clearer browsing experience.
  • Plus, we’ve fixed video quality degradation issues on certain sites.
  • Detached video in fullscreen on macOS has been temporarily disabled to avoid some issues with corruption, brightness changes, missing subtitles, and high CPU usage.
  • Various security fixes

Android Changelog

New features

  • We’ve added history highlights to recently visited sites.
  • Firefox will now display better images for recent bookmarks on the home page.

Fixes

  • “Fill link from clipboard” has been improved for Android 12.
  • Now, selecting ‘search group’ in ‘Jump back in’ switches to an active tab.
  • We’ve fixed an interface problem where private tabs were displayed as normal tabs.
  • The history delete button is now correctly labeled for screen readers.
  • Duplicate history items are now merged.
  • A rare crash when browsing bookmarks is now fixed.
  • Deleted search groups are now repopulated after interacting with their tabs.
  • You’ll now find Search Groups in Jump Back In will not also display in Recently Searched.
  • You can now dismiss the keyboard when scrolling Home behind search dialog for a clearer, smoother experience.
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