In its never-ending quest for improvement, the army of independent coders with the non-profit Mozilla Foundation (along with the organisation's in-house staff) have just released the latest version of Firefox.
Version 19 comes with a very tangible new feature for end users: built-in PDF viewing. No longer will Firefox users have to install and constantly update Adobe's external page layout plugin, Reader, or one of its many competing third-party viewers, such as those from Foxit or Nuance, to see this common type of web document.
Mozilla announced the new PDF capability in a blog post. It's a feature that's been in Chrome for more than two years, and it's a definite convenience.
One of the biggest advantages of having PDF-viewing capability right in the browser is avoiding the need for separate updates, which seem like a weekly event with external plugins such as Adobe Reader. As with Chrome, presumably the PDF reader will be updated along with the rest of the browser as needed.
Firefox for Android Expands Phone Compatibility
Mozilla also announced that Firefox for Android is now available to millions more phones, in more languages and with more personalisation. The mobile browser, which offers syncing with a users's destkop version of Firefox, now works on more Android devices using ARM6 processors, including handsets from LG, HTC, and ZTE. The added support means nearly 15 million more Android phone users will be able to install the independent browser.
The new Android version of Firefox also now supports visual themes to give the mobile browser a personalised appearance, just like the desktop browser. Finally, Firefox for Android adds support for Traditional and Simplified Chinese locales.