Just three months after the release of their latest web browser offering, Mozilla has unveiled its latest version – Firefox 5. This is in line with the company’s new commitment for a quicker release schedule similar to rival Google Chrome, where they release new versions every six weeks.

Mozilla has successfully made true of its promise to deliver its new browser merely a couple of months after the arrival of its predecessor. The latest Firefox version is made not only for personal computers but also for Android phones.

The six-week cycle for each new browser’s release allows developers to install new features as they are done, instead of the previous practice of holding them off until all elements of the upgrade are complete. It also means problems associated with the release can be resolved and fixes are later inserted in the succeeding cycle.

The company announced that there are over 1,000 upgrades in Firefox 5, although most of them are really minor tweaks and fixes. They are quick to admit, though, that because of the shorter development period, the Firefox 5 has relatively fewer new features than their previous releases.

One of the significant changes available in the new version is the improved support for HTML5. This feature allows easy handling and inclusion of graphical and multimedia content on the web without the need of proprietary plugins and application programming interface (APIs).

They have also inserted new support for cascading style sheet (CSS) animations. This technology makes it possible for certain Web page elements to move around the screen and are often used for dynamic web pages and apps.

The following are the other improvements contained in Mozilla’s newest browser:

  • Formerly known as the Jetpack, the add-on SDK allows programmers to build extensions using web technologies like HTML and JavaScript instead of the old XUL technology. Extensions will be easier to develop and will not easily crash when a new browser version comes in.
  • The Android version now has the feature that allows users to tell websites that they don’t want to be tracked for whatever purpose. This is only previously available for the PC version of Firefox.
  • Enhanced launch time for JavaScript pages.
  • Canvas now runs much faster further enhancing its ability to add two-dimensional graphics to web browsers.

Meanwhile, Mozilla denies duplicating Chrome’s rapid release schedule.  Google’s web browser was the first to implement a quick-release strategy. Tech experts have also noticed the similarities between the two strategies and acknowledged Mozilla’s move as a watershed in the industry where browser developers must now act fast in terms of innovation.