Firefox Aurora 13 is out – SPDY on by default and a list of other improvements

We have just released Aurora 13, together with a number of improvements.

Highlights

There are a couple of things we’d like to shine some extra light on here:

SPDY on by default

The SPDY control brings responsive and scalable transport to Firefox. It allows for multiplexing and connection sharing and is SSL only. It will offer faster page loads and better scalability for SPDY-enabled web servers.

Our first implementation was in Firefox 11, but now with Firefox Aurora 13 it is on by default!

User Agent change for Mobile

The preferred way for web sites to offer content depending on the device is to use CSS Media Queries. However, there is a good amount of user agent sniffing still going on out there, so we wanted to make you aware of the change/difference between Firefox on mobile phones and on tablets, as outlined in Mobile and Tablet indicators.

For Firefox on mobile it will be:

Mozilla/5.0 (Android; Mobile; rv:13.0) Gecko/13.0 Firefox/13.0

Firefox on tablets will be:

Mozilla/5.0 (Android; Tablet; rv:13.0) Gecko/13.0 Firefox/13.0

List of improvements

Here are all the improvements we’ve made complete with links to each bug listing for those who want to read up more on respective implementation.

DOM

Plugins

JavaScript

Layout

Network

View full post on Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

4 thoughts on “Firefox Aurora 13 is out – SPDY on by default and a list of other improvements

  1. Robert Nyman

    Yes, it’s a nice step forward.
    The group developing SPDY are working towards a standardization.

    We’re working on UA changes, and the most notable ones in Aurora 13 are the new tab page with the most visited pages for the current user and that the Awesome Bar now auto-completes typed URLs

  2. Robert Nyman

    Is there any specific you are referring to? Basically, all features listed here are there to make web browsing faster and better, and to offer web developers to build richer web sites.

  3. Jay

    really loved to see SPDY on by default…
    are there any chances of making SPDY, a web standard.
    and UA changes…
    media queries dont work properly on all devices, so this was necessary.

  4. ohforf

    It seems to me that firefox is becoming more a software to develop webpages and less a browser…

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