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Mozilla introduces the first alpha in Firefox 3.6 while Chrome makes good progress

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First, Mozilla has released the first “alpha” version of Firefox 3.6 , the next browser update. Its codename is Namoroka , and the version would be an intermediate step before the major update that will be version 3.7.

Mozilla introduces the first alpha in Firefox 3.6 while Chrome makes good progress
Mozilla introduces the first alpha in Firefox 3.6 while Chrome makes good progress

Among the news we know about Firefox 3.6 at the moment is a new version of its rendering engine, Gecko , which will improve the navigation of the web pages. Also, Namoroka starts faster and some tests show that the speed of javascript processing has increased.

On the other hand, we have recently learned from Genbeta that the development of Google Chrome for Mac is going at a good pace : Chromium’s latest builds already support plug-ins like Flash (so we can already see youtube videos, for example) and writing with accents and other special characters, which despite not being complete, already makes it a minimally usable browser .

Other new features in Chromium include support for visual themes and some visual improvements that are new to the developer version of Google Chrome for Mac. At the moment, however, there are still some aspects to improve such as bookmark management and some rendering bugs.

The good news is that when we finally get a final version of Google Chrome on Mac OS X, it will have all the new features that the Windows version already has. Hopefully it won’t take much longer for that to become a reality.

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