Mozilla has updated its Firefox desktop web browser with a set of social networking plug-ins as well as new presentation options for the Firefox for Android mobile browser.
The company said that the new messaging options would include support for Facebook chat and the msnNOW and Cliqz news aggregators, as well as Japan's Mixi social network. The updated tools are part of Social API, a component Mozilla unveiled earlier this year that lets social networking providers easily integrate their services and platforms directly into the Firefox browser
"The new social providers in Firefox make it even easier for you to keep up with friends, family, news and events while you surf the web," the company said.
"You can get real time updates about news activity, entertainment or your personal network while you browse the web."
Firefox 21, released this week, also has the option to send back a health report that includes information on total browser run time and the number of crashes, data that will also be presented to the user.
Johnathan Nightingale, VP of Firefox engineering at Mozilla said, "The initial report is pretty simple, but it will evolve and grow in the coming months. You'll be able to use it as a window into many aspects of your browser's performance and health, both in absolute terms, as well as in comparison to the global Firefox user base."
Nightingale added that the data that is included in the health report was selected while keeping users' "privacy in mind". He added that although the data collected by Firefox's health report is simple at the moment, Mozilla has plans to "evolve and grow" the programme in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the Firefox for Android mobile browser will be updated to improve support for the HTML5 platform. In doing so, the company hopes to better enable web-based applications which rely on HTML5 to run on Android.
Mozilla has long been a proponent of HTML5 in the mobile space. The company is planning to use the platform as the application basis for its own Firefox OS mobile platform.
Additionally, the company is adding a pair of new fonts to its Android browser. Known as Charis and Open Sans, the new fonts will replace Android's default options within the Firefox for Android browser.
The Firefox for Android update can be downloaded through the Google Play store.
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