Firefox 15 was released on August 28th, one day ahead of schedule. Improvements to memory usage make it faster, but for many it is its game-related enhancements that are the main highlight. A new game demo, Bananabread, makes the point and proves that HTML5 gaming isn't a joke.
As we reported last month Firefox 15 has tackled its long standing memory leakage problems affecting certain add-ons. The improvements make browsing smoother and more responsive.
To show it all off we have a new demo a 3D first person shooter game, Bananabread, is included to showcase Firefox’s new gaming enhancements and can be seen in this video:
Don't try the demo however if you haven't upgraded to Firefox 15 because it needs compressed textures. Also it doesn't work under tha latest Chrome unless you switch pointer/mouse lock on - a simple procedure but one that might stop a lot of users from trying it out. Of course it doesn't work on IE 9 or 10 because they don't support WebGL at all.
Another notable improvement in Firefox 15 is Version 3 of the SPDY (‘speedy’) networking protocol.. This technology, developed by Google to ‘reduce web page load latency and improve web security' was first introduced in Firefox 11 and still has to be explicitly turned on. The big missing feature is the native PDF reader which was included in earlier beta releases of Firefox 15 has not been included in the final release. Several bugs were not fixed in time for the release of Firefox 15 but chances are it will form part of the Firefox 16, due early October.
JPEG is well known, well used and well understood. Surely there cannot be anything left to squeeze out of this old compression algorithm? Mozilla seems to think that we can get more if we are careful. [ ... ]