While Google Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world by far, and Microsoft Edge is starting to win over some users, Mozilla Firefox continues on its way to offer new features and to become an even better software, an almost essential action in these times where the dynamics of the web demand it.
Version 92 of Firefox, the free and open source browser developed by Mozilla, like the latest updates, does not stand out for major changes. In recent months, the browser has received improved data protection, minor improvements to the user interface, and adjustments to the way secure connections are handled.
Now, the new desktop version of the browser debuts support for AVIF image format, based on the AV1 video codec. This promises improved bandwidth consumption. It is a format developed by the Alliance for Open Media that has already been present in Chrome for a year. Good for Mozilla on incorporating it!
Firefox is also rolling out an improved version of the HTTPS-First policy that was first seen in version 91. As of now, pages will be loaded in HTTPS instead of HTTP if the secure hypertext transfer protocol is available. This should increase user safety.
The desktop version of Mozilla Firefox also receives some minor changes to the bookmarks toolbar and error pages to improve the user experience. In the case of macOS comes support for Share, ICC v4 profiles, a new visual style for bars and VoiceOver.
Firefox 92 and Android improvements
Version 92 is available on all platforms that the browser works on. Precisely for this there are also news for Android. In this case, Mozilla says it has added support for the web authentication API. This allows you to use physical security keys (USB or Bluetooth) to log into some sites.
The development team has also fixed a series of crashes that occurred when disconnecting the browser from the Mozilla account. It has also implemented security improvements to prevent possible hacker attacks.
Users who already have Firefox installed should have received the update automatically. However, they can perform manual installation as follows.
In Windows, click on the menu button, then on Help and select About Mozilla Firefox. The browser will check for updates and download them automatically. On mobile platforms, update directly from the store (Play Store, App Store).