Firefox Stable Release Is Updated To v40 With Tweaked Forward/Back Navigation, Better Malware Protection, And Other Minor Improvements

Firefox Stable Release Is Updated To v40 With Tweaked Forward/Back Navigation, Better Malware Protection, And Other Minor Improvements

Firefox Stable Release Is Updated To v40 With Tweaked Forward/Back Navigation, Better Malware Protection, And Other Minor Improvements

2 comments 📅31 May 2015, 02:45


Firefox Stable Release Is Updated To v40 With Tweaked Forward/Back Navigation, Better Malware Protection, And Other Minor Improvements
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Keeping to their normal rapid release schedule, Mozilla published v40 of the stable release of Firefox to the Play Store today. The biggest user-facing change in the update is one that was also present in the beta version of v40, allowing you to long press the forward or back buttons to see a list of your recently visited pages. Here’s a quick look at how that works:

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This is the sort of thing that only catches your attention when there aren’t any other major changes, but this is one of those times. I don’t think mobile browsers generally make going back very easy and sometimes the system back button isn’t ideal when you plan to go back multiple pages.

The new malware protection in this build will present you with a hard-to-miss warning if you visit a site that hosts “deceptive software” according to Google’s growing database of such programs. These are generally places peddling malware that masquerades as an app that you are familiar with and would trust.

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The Safe Browsing API is a Google creation, though, so if you use Firefox for the purpose of avoiding sending all of your browsing information to Google, it can be easily disabled.

Here is the full changelog:

New:

  • Support for Android Presentation API for screen casting
  • Added protection against unwanted software downloads
  • Long press on back/forward navigation buttons in app menu to bring up history list

Changed:

  • JPEG images use less memory when scaled and can be painted faster
  • Sub-resources can no longer request HTTP authentication, thus protecting users from inadvertently disclosing login data

HTML5:

  • IndexedDB transactions are now non-durable by default
  • Implemented AudioBufferSourceNode.detune to modulate playback rate in cents, a logarithmic unit of measure used for musical intervals

Developer:

  • Open links from Android applications in the same tab via EXTRA_APPLICATION_ID

Fixed:

  • Various security fixes

2 Comments

  1. 
Whatsup?
    01 June 2015, 02:45 Whatsup?

    Looks good! much better! Still think it lacks features like the option to not automatically download received files, option to not display log in activity.

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  2. 
Matthew Fry
    06 June 2015, 02:45 Matthew Fry

    A lot of the questio1 were political in nature. Google will not appreciate you a1wering questio1 about the US congress when you are not in the US. They established a contract with someone here in the US to get US polling data. They’re not just giving money away. When, or if, they find someone in your particular country that is willing to pay them for polling data I’m sure you’ll know about it.

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