Sat. Apr 13th, 2024

Mozilla is still pumping out new Firefox update at a rapid pace, and right on schedule, Firefox 122 is starting to roll out to desktop and mobile platforms today.

The most significant change in this release might be images and descriptions for search suggestions, similiar to what Google Chrome and Safari have supported for a few years now. The more detailed search suggestions can help you figure out if a given result is the right one, but Mozilla notes it only works “when provided by the search engine.” It seems like Google might be the only supported search engine—it didn’t work for me with Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Wikipedia set as the default search.

Searching for Margot Robbie in Firefox with images and descriptions visible.

Mozilla has also improved the local translation feature that first rolled out in Firefox 118 last year. Translated web pages should now be more reliable, and the bugs that could cause interactive widgets to break and page content to dissapear have been fixed.

Firefox 122 includes support for creating and using passkeys stored in the iCloud Keychain on macOS. The same functionality was added to Google Chrome on macOS in October, and is also now working in most other Chromium-based browsers. It’s still early days for passkeys replacing passwords, but integrations between browsers and sync platforms are an important step in the right direction.

Finally, Mozilla has a new installation package for Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux systems, in addition to the officially-supported Snap and Flatpack packages. The Snap and Flatpak versions won’t work well on some Linux distributions, and Ubuntu stopped offering Firefox as a regular native application a few years ago (in favor of the Snap package), so this new package is primarily for those use cases. Mozilla previously partnered with Linux Mint to maintain a Debian-compatible package, and now other Debian-based systems can use it too.

How to Update Firefox

Firefox will automatically install the update on your computer, phone, or tablet when it’s available. To immediately check for and install any available updates, click the menu icon at the top-right of the browser toolbar and select “About Firefox.”

You can download Firefox from Mozilla’s official website, the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Microsoft Store.

Source: Firefox Release Notes

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By John P.

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