Firefox will get a brand new, extra trendy look beginning June 1st

On June 1st, Mozilla will roll out an entire new search for its Firefox browser. Dubbed ‘Proton,’ the brand new look has been in testing for some time now — I’ve been operating Firefox Nightly for the previous few months to comply with the event — however in June, issues will begin wanting totally different for everybody.

Mozilla has shared a few movies in regards to the upcoming modifications. One cycles via some earlier variations of Firefox, however doesn’t truly present the brand new design. Another provides a glimpse at among the concepts and processes that went into the design.

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Generally, the design cleans up the look of Firefox and streamlines totally different points of the person interface (UI). It additionally fully revamps how the tab bar appears to be like, refreshes the menu, provides rounded corners to components like add-ons and extra.

At first look, among the modifications could not seem to be a lot, however as somebody who has used Firefox on-and-off for years, I actually recognize the extra trendy feel and appear of the browser’s redesign.

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Some of the modifications coming to Firefox with Proton are additionally displaying up in Firefox on cell. For the iOS model of the browser, not a lot has modified save for some new icons that undertake the Proton styling, a brand new tab strip for iPad that mimics the look of Firefox on desktop and some different small modifications that make Firefox for iOS most visually according to its Android and desktop counterparts.

Firefox’s new look on iOS

Speaking of Android, Firefox for Android lately underwent a significant overhaul each visually and under-the-hood. While some had been disenchanted that Mozilla scaled again extension help, Firefox for Android nonetheless helps extra extensions than mainly each different cell browser. Firefox for Android can also be now getting the brand new icons and different Proton stylings to convey it in step with Firefox on desktop.

Not everybody’s a fan

As with any main visible change, there are many customers who aren’t joyful. The neighborhood has been very vocal about Proton in locations just like the r/firefox subreddit. Some of the suggestions was constructive, whereas others merely complained that issues had been totally different. Honestly, I feel Mozilla received so much proper with the brand new design, however it’s not excellent.

It’s additionally price noting {that a} refreshed look seemingly received’t be sufficient to win over customers from Chrome. Firefox has seen utilization numbers decline — in accordance with the web site ‘statcounter,’ Firefox sits at simply 3.59 % market share worldwide throughout all platforms. Microsoft’s new Edge browser is shut behind at 3.39 %, whereas Safari claims second at 18.69 % and Chrome leads with 64.47 %.

Firefox for Android received new icons too.

It’s unlucky, actually, since Mozilla has pushed some actually nice new options to Firefox over the previous few years. On the efficiency facet, I discover Firefox persistently matches or beats Chrome and most Chromium-based browsers excluding Edge, which is extremely effectively optimized for Windows. On Android, Firefox additionally performs fairly effectively and allows you to set up extensions, albeit from a restricted checklist. And, if you happen to take the time to harden Firefox by tweaking settings and putting in add-ons, it’s among the finest choices for privateness too.

While I don’t count on the redesigned Firefox to vary a lot, I do hope it is going to draw some consideration and possibly encourage folks to offer Firefox a strive. It’s a very nice browser and now it appears to be like like one too.

What do you think?

Written by Gideon


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