Mozilla Firefox 89 introduces a new UI and some performance changes

A fresh, new Firefox is landing to your desktop soon




Mozilla continues to improve its popular Firefox browser with every version. Firefox 89, however, is a noteworthy update, bringing major UI and performance changes that should freshen up the browser.

Out with the old, in with the new

The biggest update to Firefox 89 is literally visible upon first run. The new UI has a more modern and streamlined look, although paddings are visibly much bigger than before too. Mozilla says that this new UI is “easy on the eyes, bright and buoyant on screens of all sizes.” Apparently, some UI elements are bigger than before. Definitely noticeable also are the use of rounded corners, which is all the rage with most apps today.

Users can expect a streamlined toolbar, new floating tabs, redesigned menus, new icons, and more out of this new UI. As for the toolbar, Mozilla touts that it is now “simplified and clutter-free” from before. However, the new toolbar design also removes some extra menu which long-time Firefox users may have grown accustomed to.

Perhaps a more controversial change are the new floating tabs, which may take some getting used to. These floating tabs are exactly that, detached from the toolbar. New Firefox users may get used to it quickly and like it compared to the classic tab design used by Google Chrome and others. Long-time and power users, however, may have second thoughts on this design.

Menus also underwent a massive change, and they are most noticeable on Windows and Linux. Meanwhile, Firefox for iOS also gets some design updates. And as for icons, they are now much thinner. Mozilla said they went through the effort of making the icons consistent across all platforms.

Improved performance

Aside from the UI changes, there are also performance upgrades with relation to Firefox’s privacy-related features. Total Cookie Protection — which is a feature that contains cookies for every site that a user visits — is now available in the browser’s private browsing. That feature is part of the Enhanced Tracking Protection which is a Firefox feature designed to block website trackers, third-party cookies, and even the pesky cryptomining scripts and fignerprinters.

Users should be able to update to Firefox 89 starting this June. Those who are willing to try the browser out can get it directly on Mozilla Firefox’s website.


Google’s Locked Folder can protect your NSFW photos

Protect everything with a password



Where do you keep your secret photos? Though there are several options for users, the usual storage suspects don’t have the most robust protection against prying eyes. Google, after a Pixel-exclusive phase, is rolling out a password-protected folder feature for all Android users of Google Photos.

The feature will separate selected photos from the main library. Users can then put them inside a password-protected folder. They can also protect against invaders using a fingerprint. When protected, the selected photos won’t show up when scrolling anymore.

Users can toggle the feature on by going into the Locked Folder option in Utilities. Currently, the Pixel’s camera app can take photos and directly send them to the protected folder. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work on other camera apps. At least for now, that is.

The feature does have its drawbacks. For one, protected photos are only locally saved. If you somehow lose your phone, those photos are lost forever or worse especially if a third party gets it for themselves.

Obviously, the Locked Folder has its more innocuous uses. But it’s definitely a way to hide NSFW photos.

Google initially launched the feature only for Pixel phones back in June. Of course, as most Android features go, the developers promised a more widespread rollout coming soon after. Well, that time is finally now. The feature is set to roll out sometime this fall.

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Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says

Just a minor update



One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.

Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.

It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 is Snow Cone

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Google starts rolling out Material You apps

More coming this month



There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.

Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.

Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.

The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.

Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 will make Chrome more colorful

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