Firefox gets guest browsing mode on Android, Web Audio API support on all platforms
Mozilla today spear version 25 of its Firefox browser for Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. The culmination of the new android version is a new guest browsing mode that lets you share your phone or tablet with friends and family without having to worry about them viewing your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, or other data.
Once you press the “New guest session” button, Firefox will restart with a clean profile and once your guests close the browser again, all their information will be erased. This, according to Mozilla, “means you can let friends and family borrow your phone or tablet to surf the web and ensure your own information is safe and secure.”
Also new to Android is Firefox’s mixed content blocking support, the organization’s technology to block man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdropping on HTTPS pages, and the ability to take n any image in the browser and turn it into a wallpaper for your device or add it as a photo to a contact.
As usual, this release also introduces a number of new features for developers, including support for some new CSS3 features and the Contacts API. The one feature users are likely to notice first, however, is that developers can now write add-ons for the Android version that add flags to the URL bar, similar to what Firefox desktop users are already accustomed.
On all platforms, Firefox now supports the Web-sound API. It might not seem so revolutionary at first – the web has always had some sort of audio support, after all – but this API allows developers to manipulate audio in the browser in ways that weren’t possible before.
In today’s announcement, Mozilla specifically notes that this technology will be extremely useful for developers looking to write browser-based games. It supports positional audio, for example, as well as effects like reverb.
To showcase these capabilities, the organization has partnered with GooTechnologieswho created a pretty cool tech demo which uses the company’s HTML5 graphics platform and Web Audio API to showcase the kind of immersive experience developers can create in-browser.
The Web Audio API is a W3C standard, but as usual, different browser vendors implement these standards in different ways. To help developers make sure their apps work in all browsers, Mozilla has released a guide explaining how its version is different from those of its competitors.