Firefox 20 Launches With Improved Private Browsing, New Download Manager And More WebRTC And HTML5 Features

Firefox 20 is now available for download. The emphasis of today’s release is on Firefox’s private browsing mode, which now allows Firefox desktop users to open a private browsing window without the need to shut down the whole browser, while Firefox for Android users can now use per-tab private browsing. Also new in this version is a download manager for the desktop, the ability to customize the shortcuts on the home screen with your favorite sites and support for additional HTML5 and WebRTC features.

The new version of Firefox for Android now also supports more devices that use less powerful ARMv6 processors, including the Samsung Galaxy Next, Dart, Pop and Q, as well as the HTC Aria and Legend.

The new porn per-tab private browsing mode, Mozilla writes in today’s announcement, lets you “shop for a birthday gift in a private window with your existing browsing session uninterrupted. You can also use a private browsing window to check multiple email accounts simultaneously.”

The feature that users will probably notice first, however, is the new download experience. Here is what it looks like:

For developers, this new version introduces support for WebRTC’s getUserMedia call, which allows developers to access a user’s camera or microphone (with permission, of course). Firefox 20 also now supports blend modes for the <canvas> element and a number of <audio> and <video> improvements.