Fire­fox 54

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The bat­tle of the browsers is a bit like Game of Thrones. House Mi­crosoft ruled for years, be­fore Mozilla’s ban­ner­men came through and put paid to its au­toc­racy. House Chrome then sweeps across the globe, win­ning the love of the peo­ple. Wheels turn, and now Fire­fox is in open re­bel­lion af­ter a bunch of smart up­dates, though it re­quires fealty of your phone’s RAM. Don’t get this con­fused with Fire­fox Fo­cus, a stripped­back ver­sion that es­chewed tabs for block­ing ads and could trash your his­tory at the hit of an al­ways on-screen but­ton. This Fire­fox is more ‘full fat’, re­plete with mul­ti­ple tabs and a so-sim­ple-why-isn’t-ev­ery­one-do­ing-this book­mark­ing sys­tem that sorts by tags rather than rigid fold­ers. It’s light­ning fast at search, pre-emp­tively fill­ing out mul­ti­ple, pos­si­ble search terms at three char­ac­ters in. We love how it in­te­grates with other apps on your phone, open­ing tabs in the back­ground rather than tak­ing you out of the app you’re us­ing. And the add-ons that can aug­ment your browser are easy to bolt on. How­ever, it’ll eat up your RAM com­pared to Chrome, chew­ing up 300MB com­pared to 212MB — but for the speed and con­ve­nience, it’s worth the cost to your sil­i­con.

Paul Taylor

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