It’s been a big week for browsers. The final “release candidate” version of Mozilla’s Firefox 4 browser was released on 22 March, bringing with it a battering ram of improvements in speed, stability and interface. As if in defence, Google Chrome was updated last week, with improvements in the browser’s “sandboxing” security technology and sync. In the third corner is Opera Software’s new version of the Opera browser, codenamed Barracuda, which comes with a revamped plug-ins interface and more speed under the hood.
Both Firefox and Opera also released new mobile versions of their products on the same day. The new Opera Mobile 11 has an interface customized for Tablets, while Firefox for Android hopes to bring the versatility of the desktop version to smartphones.
The new versions of Opera, Firefox and Chrome can be downloaded at www.opera.com, www.mozilla.com/firefox, and www.google.com/chrome respectively. Opera Mobile is available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Series 60 Symbian smartphones at M.opera.com. Firefox for Android is forthcoming for the Android Market. A beta version can be downloaded at http://www.mozilla.com/m/alpha.