Over the same period of time, the amount and types of devices that people use to access the web have changed dramatically. Smartphones as we view them today didn’t even really exist at the time Firefox was released. Now smartphones are nearly ubiquitous and the internet is on your TV, your wrist, in your lightbulbs, and on a variety of other devices. This has made syncing your data between your devices, including your browsing data, an important means of keeping track of information and tasks.
We have also had to adapt to changes in the underlying operating systems that Firefox runs on. Many interaction and visual changes have occurred from Windows XP, to Windows 7, to Windows 10, with a similar and comparable level of changes on macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Firefox now incorporates system-level functionality like system notifications and adaptive interface changes for hybrid devices that have touch screens and keyboards.
The visual look and feel of Firefox have also changed several times throughout the years to reflect both the ever-changing aesthetics of OS environments, as well as expressing its own brand and aesthetic values.
Most of last year was spent working on Firefox Quantum, which is probably our most extensive refresh ever. It comes with an entirely new visual look and feel, more system integration, new UI surfaces that highlight the sending, saving, and retrieving of your data, and perhaps most importantly an updated rendering engine that is much faster and more responsive.