Hot on HuffPost Tech:

See More Stories
Engadget for the iPhone: download the app now
AOL Tech

Firefox 3.7 will become 4.0 -- Firefox 4, with updated Gecko, confirmed for later this year

Speaking at Air Mozilla yesterday, Firefox's lead developer Mike Beltzner confirmed what we've all been hopefully expecting: the latest Firefox beta, with its faster startup and shutdown times, more stability and better security, will become Firefox 3.6.4. Once 3.6.4 has been released (in a couple of days, according to the roadmap), development will shift in earnest to Firefox 4.0. The current 3.7 alpha build will be re-numbered to 4.0. Mike Beltzner's presentation with some new, juicy details of Firefox 4.0 is after the break.

It's a far cry from Chrome's rampant and reckless versioning, but I wouldn't be surprised if the 3.7-to-4.0 switch is perhaps a sign of Mozilla being reactionary.

Still, let's take a look at what we know about Firefox 4.0 (or 3.7) so far! 4.0 isn't much different from 3.6.4. There's Aero support and a new theme (Strata!), so visually it will look different -- but under the hood, 4.0 is basically a vehicle to update Gecko to 1.9.3. Of course, with a new version of Gecko we're going to get faster and more standards-compliant browsing -- but I wouldn't expect 4.0 to revolutionize your Web experience. 4.0 will bring us Jetpack though and a whole slew of new, faster, no-need-to-restart add-ons. By the time 4.1 or 4.2 comes around, Firefox could be back in the hot seat.

If you're interested in what Firefox 4.0 heralds, give the 3.7 alpha 5 nightly build a test run!
Share submit to reddit StumbleUpon.com


Tags: 3.6.4, 3.7, 4.0, firefox, gecko, lorentz, roadmap, update

Comments

8

Add your comments

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.