Firefox Quantum: Faster than Google Chrome?


To most people, using a web browser is no cause for alarm. They just pick whatever browser is installed and they run with it. If you’re particular about the browser you use, though, you have a number of choices such as Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. Added to this list is the rather long awaited release of Firefox Quantum.

The latest browser from Mozilla, Firefox Quantum is reportedly twice as fast as versions of Firefox released in 2016. While that is indeed welcome, the real question is how it uses up your PCs memory and processing power. If you’re a Google Chrome user, you would have noticed that no matter how much of RAM you have, Google Chrome still manages to steal a hefty chunk of it leaving your PC gasping for more memory.

However, according to Mozilla, Firefox Quantum apparently uses 30% less memory when compared to the latest version of Google Chrome (v62). How, you ask? Well, it’s actually a combination of things.

It all starts with a little rust

Rust is a programming language that has been developed at Mozilla to run certain elements of the browser simultaneously such as the CSS engine. This means that Firefox Quantum can actually make use of PCs with multiple CPU cores. Whereas most browsers are written in C++, Firefox Quantum is written in Rust.

This essentially does away with bugs and security vulnerabilities that can occur when programmers try to create new algorithms. This makes Firefox Quantum safer and faster. It also means lesser battery drain on portables such as laptops and netbooks.

Priorities are important

In addition, Firefox Quantum also prioritizes the foreground tabs and not the that are not being used. It also has a few tweaks where it loads the content of what you’re looking at such as an article, and then loading the rest of the content.

Firefox Quantum
Meet Firefox Quantum

If you have an older generation PC or laptop, fret not as Firefox Quantum has been tested on a 32-bit machine with less than 4 gigabytes of RAM, and according to results, it runs fine without any problems. The improved memory optimization means you can do a lot more while browsing rather than closing apps to free up space to make a sacrificial offering to your web browser. Given below is a video that shows you just how fast Firefox Quantum can be.

With regard to the user experience and user interface, Firefox Quantum introduces the new Photon UI. Having used the browser for around 5-6 hours since launch, I can attest that everything feels super smooth and fast. From animations to the font to icons and everything in between, this is indeed a good looking browser. In addition, if you’re a citizen in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong or Taiwan, Google is now the default search engine as well.

Is Firefox Quantum worth the upgrade?

That is entirely up to you. If you are satisfied with the performance of your current browser, then by all means you can continue to use it. If you’re looking for a change of scenery or just want to test out Firefox Quantum, you can do so by downloading it from here. The setup process is quite straightforward and you can import almost all of your data from other browsers so you can be up and running in no time at all.

Have you used Firefox Quantum? Love it? Hate it? Leave a comment below.


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