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This is what’s new in Firefox 100

Firefox may not be as popular as it used to be, but it’s still a great alternative web browser, especially if privacy is your number one priority. Starting May 3, 2022, Firefox 100 will roll out to all platforms with some new features.

Firefox on the desktop has supported Picture-in-Picture for several years, allowing you to display video players in their own small floating windows; you can even have multiple Picture-in-Picture windows at once, which Chrome doesn’t do. support. Firefox 100 on desktop platforms adds the ability to view closed captions and subtitles in PiP windows, but they won’t appear everywhere.

Picture-in-Picture in Firefox, running on Windows
Picture in Picture in Firefox

Mozilla says that videos from YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix will have subtitles, as will any site that uses the Web Video Text Tracks (WebVTT) format. If a website uses a different method to display captions or subtitles, they may not appear in the Picture-in-Picture popup. Firefox has really beaten Chrome here: Chrome still doesn’t display subtitles or subtitles in Picture-in-Picture.

Firefox for iPhone and Android also has some new features. Mozilla rolled out wallpaper support on mobile in March, allowing people to choose between a few different backgrounds for the Firefox home page, and added two more options: ‘Beach vibes’ and ‘Twilight hills’ . Firefox for Android now has an HTTPS-only mode, which first appeared in the Firefox Focus browser and blocks all connections that are not encrypted.

New browser wallpapers
New wallpapers for Firefox on Android and iOS

Mobile browsers now also have ‘ordered history’ and ‘ordered tabs’. Clutter-Free History organizes your browser history based on the original item in a group (a bit like the ‘Travel’ feature that came to Chrome earlier this year) and removes duplicate entries. Sorted Tabs displays the most recent tabs more prominently, rather than sorting them in order of creation. That functionality came to Android last year, but now it’s also available on iOS.

Firefox 100 is slowly rolling out to Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android; if you don’t have it yet, you should get it soon. You can download Firefox from Mozilla official website, Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Microsoft Store.

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