As you all know, I’m a pretty hardcore Google user: I use Gmail, Chrome, Tasks, and many other of the search giant’s services. At the same time, I’m always looking for better products – and it seems that I found a better browser from Mozilla.
I used to be a Firefox fanboy, for lack of a better term. When I was still using Windows as my main operating system, Mozilla’s browser was my go-to for everything. I tried Internet Explorer, Opera, and even Safari; but none of them had Firefox’s combination of speed, reliability, and compatibility.
But then in 2008, when I made my switch to OS X, I stopped using it. Firefox was horrendously slow; launching the app took up to 10 seconds and loading webpages could take even longer. For the next two years, Safari was my browser. Chrome wouldn’t be released for another two years, but when it was, I obviously made the switch from Safari to Google’s browser.
It’s now 2012 – June 5, 2012, to be exact. Firefox 13 is now out. And after finding out that news, I thought I might as well give the browser a second chance. What I discovered was that Mozilla has made some amazing improvements in performance (at least in its Mac edition): launching takes about 1/10 of the time it used to take and pages load instantly.
Most importantly, Mozilla also provides a mobile version of Firefox for Android, complete with syncing functionality. Syncing is an important requirement of mine for browsers – luckily, the new one I picked for my desktop and laptop also works on my Galaxy Nexus. Therefore, I’ll be missing absolutely nothing from Chrome as I go forward with Firefox – except for a second or two every time I load up a webpage.
Good job, Mozilla. I’ve been waiting for a proper continuation of Firefox’s glory days.[Mozilla]