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.

Top 5 Upcoming Smartphones With 8GB RAM by Samsung, Xiaomi and Others

Technology has been continually evolving and smartphones have come a long way from being used only for calling or checking e-mails. Chinese smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus, Vivo, and Oppo have upped the ante in the ever-growing Indian smartphone market in the past few years.

With the launch of OnePlus 3 in 2016 in India began the frenzy for phones with big RAMs – ZTE Nubia is the latest brand to launch a smartphone in China with a whopping 8GB RAM. Samsung has also joined the bandwagon by launching the flagship Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage in India recently.

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We bring you a list of forthcoming smartphones with 8GB of RAM.

ZTE Nubia Z17 (launched in China)

ZTE Nubia Z17 with a whopping 8GB of RAM and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset has been introduced in China last week. Nubia launched the new Z17 at an event in Beijing, China at a price of Yuan 3,999, which is roughly Rs 37,000.

In terms of looks, the Nubia Z17, sports a metal and glass design. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) LCD IPS display. The display is bezel-less from the sides.

The Nubia Z17 features a dual real camera, which has two lenses: 12MP and 23MP on the back, with 1.4um pixel size and f/1.8 aperture.

OnePlus 5

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The much-talked about OnePlus 5 is set to launch globally on June 20 and will be introduced in India on June 22. The smartphone has been spotted in benchmarks with 8GB and 6GB of RAM.

The company bust rumours about vertical dual cameras at the rear and stated there is a horizontal dual camera setup on the OnePlus 5. The Chinese smartphone maker has been focussing on the camera, which is evident from an official image released on Twitter.

Other rumoured specifications of the upcoming OnePlus 5 include a 5.5-inch display, a 23MP primary camera and a 16MP front snapper. It is expected to pack in a 4,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi 7

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A Xiaomi Mi 7 concept shows that the smartphone would feature a 21MP primary camera and could have 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

Other rumoured specs of Mi 7 include a 5.7-inch ultra HD 4K IPS LCD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset. The device could have a 3500mAh battery as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ gave some respite to South Korean tech major Samsung that suffered a major dent due to the Note 7 fiasco last year. The company’s next note – the Note 8 is rumoured to come with a whopping 8GB of RAM and 5.7 inch full HD super AMOLED display.

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Other rumoured specs of Note 8 include an Iris scanner and front-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The device could also feature a dual 13MP primary camera with dual-LED flash.

HTC 11

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It has not being long that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC launched its flagship U11. The device will be unveiled in India on June 16 at an event.

Weibo carried a report that suggested that HTC 11 will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (QHD) screen with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels. This means the next flagship from HTC will come with a bigger screen size than the 5.2-inch FHD panel used on the HTC 10.

The leak also suggests that HTC 11 could feature 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory as well.

The HTC 11 is speculated to come with an improved battery as well. The rumoured 3,700 mAh battery will be much bigger than the 3,000 mAh battery used in the HTC 10.