Mozilla has released Firefox 24, and while there are new versions of the web browser for desktop and for mobile, it’s the Android app that’s getting some of the most interesting changes.
One hallmark feature is support for WebRTC, a real-time-communication protocol that lets you do things like make video calls in a web browser. WebRTC is already supported by Google Chrome, and Firefox for Windows Mac, and Linux has supported it since June.
But now you can use web apps that use WebRTC to make video calls from a phone to a desktop or notebook, or from Firefox to Chrome.
Other changes in Firefox 24 for Android include:
- Share open tabs between mobile devices using NFC
- Night mode for better reading expereince in Reader
- Quick Share pop-up which automatically shows icons for your most frequently used sharing methods (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
Firefox 24 for Windows, Mac and Linux is also now available, but the updates to the desktop browser are a bit more subtle, with things like support for new scrollbar styles in OS X 10.7, an option to close browser tabs to the right of your current tab, and the ability to tear-off chat windows by dragging.