As expected, Firefox 18 also brings support for high-resolution Retina displays to the stable channel. The browser now also uses a new algorithm for scaling images, which should result in better image quality on quite a few sites that depend on in-browser scaling.
Also new in Firefox 18 is preliminary support for the new in-browser WebRTC communications framework for real-time video and audio chats.
One feature that didn’t make it into this release, by the way, is Mozilla’s new built-in PDF reader. While the organization has been working on this for a while, it will only make it into the beta release that’s expected to arrive on Thursday.
As usual, Firefox for Android is also getting an update today. Just like the desktop version, Firefox for Android now uses IonMonkey. The mobile browser now features opt-in search suggestions in the Awesome Bar. These, Mozilla writes, “are conducted over a secure connection to protect your user data.”
The mobile browser now also includes new anti-phising and anti-malware features that warn users when they encounter a malicious website.
Another interesting new feature of Firefox for Android is its integration with the Google Now search widget.
Firefox is a Web browser created Mozilla Corporation. Since its release in 2002 (as Phoenix 0.1, later named as Firebird then Firefox as of 0.8 to present), the browser has become one of the most popular Web browsers in the market, trailing only Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as of July 2009.
Born from Netscape’s 1998 open sourcing of the code base behind its Netscape Communicator internet suite, Mozilla Firefox currently holds approximately 22.48% of the world market for internet browsers as of April 2009. Version 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004 after a series of name changes, and within a year close to 100 million downloads of the browser technology had occurred. The following two years saw upgrades to version 1.5 in November 2005 and 2.0 in October 2006....