Mozilla has made the latest version of its Firefox browser available, with 17 security updates included in the release, seven of which are deemed “critical”.
The firm confirmed the issues it had fixed in an update on its site, which also covered four “high” vulnerabilities and six “moderate” issues that have also been fixed. A complete list of the fixes that were issued is available on the Firefox site.
Other key features included in the browser are support for the WebRTC platform that enables functions such as video-calling to take place within the browser, while phones with NFC support using the browser can share tabs.
The firm also announced that this WebRTC functionality has also been extended to Android for Firefox, as Maire Reavy, senior engineering manager for WebRTC at Mozilla, explained in a blog post.
“Now developers can start to create real-time web experiences on the mobile platform that work on both desktop and mobile,” she said.
She added that all three WebRTC components are supported in Firefox for Android:
• getUserMedia (gUM), which provides access to the user’s webcam and microphone
• PeerConnection, which enables calls from one browser to another
• DataChannels, which establishes peer-to-peer data transfer between browsers
Firefox with WebRTC has already been available in Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux since June.
The update comes as Mozilla plans to move into the mobile market more widely with its Firefox OS, with ZTE set to launch devices running the platform later this year. The smartphones will be available on eBay for around £60.
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