Firefox 49 Released with HTML5, Reader Mode Improvements [How-to Install]

September 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

Firefox 49

Mozilla Firefox browser has now reached the 49 release, features HTML5, Reader Mode, and video performance improvements, and Firefox Hello removement.

Mozilla Firefox 49 release highlights:

  • Removed Firefox Hello
  • Add features to Reader Mode:
    • Controls that allow users to adjust the width and line spacing of text
    • Narrate, which reads the content of a page out loud
  • Improved video performance for users on systems that support SSSE3 without hardware acceleration
  • Added context menu controls to HTML5 audio and video
  • Other Windows, Mac improvements and various security fixes.

Firefox 49

How to upgrade to Firefox 49 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives. The new firefox release will be made into the official Ubuntu updates & security repositories, check the launchpad page.

At that time, you can easily upgrade Firefox browser using the Software Updater (or Update Manager in Mint) utility:

upgrade firefox 46

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