Firefox 54 Claims to Be Faster, Use Less RAM Than Earlier Version

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Firefox 54 is already available for download
  • The new version uses up to four content processes
  • New version allows browser to handle complex web pages better

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has had problems with memory management in the past and with the latest version – Firefox 54 – the company claims that it has finally achieved a breakthrough. Firefox 54, which was released on Tuesday, has been claimed by the company to bring efficient RAM management and speed improvements to the browser.

In order to achieve these improvements, Firefox 54 uses up to four content processes as part of Mozilla’s ‘E10s’ project, instead of one used by earlier versions. In simple terms, this means that a complex page, with extensive multimedia content, now ends up having less impact on responsiveness and speed of other tabs, said Nick Nguyen, Vice President, Product, Firefox, in a blog post.

“By separating the tabs into separate processes, we make better use of the hardware on your computer, so Firefox can deliver you more of the Web you love, with less waiting,” Nguyen wrote.

Nguyen adds that in company’s tests, Firefox 54 was found using significantly less RAM as compared to other browsers on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux.

Firefox 54 Claims to Be Faster, Use Less RAM Than Earlier Version

The Firefox 54 release has been described as a phase in Mozilla’s E10s initiative and going ahead, the company might very well increase the cap on the maximum number of processes used by the browser. The Verge points out that users can already customise the upper limit by entering “about:config” in the address bar and adjusting the settings themselves. Interested users can download the latest version of the browser from Mozilla’s official website or simply update their existing Firefox release to the latest version and check they are on Firefox v54.

Mozilla seems to be working to improve one aspect of its browser at a time. After introducing Quantum Compositor with Firefox 53 to reduce crashes, the company focused on RAM management and speed improvements with the next release.

As Google’s Chrome browser is used by a much larger chunk of users than Firefox, taking care of these issues one at a time might convince more people to give Firefox a try once again.

Freedom 251 Delivery Started, Claims Ringing Bells

  • Ringing Bells says deliveries began on Friday in 5 states
  • First batch includes only 5,000 customers
  • Over 7 crore customers registered for the Freedom 251

Ringing Bells, the Noida-based company that courted controversy after announcing a phone at an astonishingly low price of Rs. 251 five months back, on Friday claimed it has begun delivery of the world’s cheapest smartphone in five states including Haryana, West Bengal, and Bihar.

“Of the 5,000 units of Freedom 251 phones that we committed to deliver in the first phase, we have started the delivery of 2,240 phones today through distributors and couriers,” Ringing Bells Director Mohit Goel told PTI.

(Also see: Freedom 251 First Impressions)

This includes 390 phones in Haryana, 540 phones in West Bengal, 605 phones in Himachal Pradesh, 484 in Bihar and 221 phones in Uttarakhand.

Goel further said the company will initiate tomorrow the delivery of 2,000 more smartphones. Of this lot, 223 phones will go to consumers in Delhi, 364 phones in Punjab, 108 in J&K, 521 in Maharashtra, 194 in Madhya Pradesh, 225 in Jharkhand and 365 in Rajasthan.

“The balance 760 phones are going to be delivered in UP on Monday (July 11) across five areas including Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut, among others,” Goel said.

For the Freedom 251 smartphone, buyers will have to shell out Rs. 291, including Rs. 40 as the delivery charge.

Once the delivery in UP kicks off on July 11, Goel claimed that the company would start working on plans for delivery of the next lot of 2,00,000 smartphones.

“The parts have already arrived at the factory,” he pointed out.

In February, the company announced the Freedom 251 phone which saw a mad rush of over 7 crore people jostling to register, but when the prototype was presented to media it turned out to be produced by another manufacturer with its logo covered.

This led to protests from buyers and consequent inquiries by police and tax officials, forcing the company to stop sale of the product and offer refunds to those who had booked the phone.

The Freedom 251 prototype touts a quad-core processor, a 4-inch screen and front and back cameras, priced at an astonishingly low price of Rs. 251.

On Thursday, the company unveiled new more-expensive smartphone models as well as an LED TV priced at Rs. 9,990.