Firefox 4 will be a “generation” faster than rivals
The next version of Firefox will be “faster than anyone else,” according to Mozilla’s head of web development.
Firefox 4 is due out later this year, but faces stiff competition from Google Chrome 6 and Internet Explorer 9.
Chris Blizzard admitted Firefox isn’t currently topping the various speed benchmarks, but said the browser will when all of its new features are included.
We’ll be one generation ahead of everyone else
“What we’ve seen is that in places where our tracing engine gets used we are actually faster than anyone else, it’s just in those cases where it doesn’t fit that others do a lot better,” he told an Austrian news site. “So we’re trying to improve our baseline performance and combine that with the Tracing-JIT [compiler], with this we’ll be one generation ahead of everyone else.”
New benchmarks needed?
Blizzard said developers seemed to be flocking to Chrome, but added that user numbers weren’t always clear, as early adopters and advanced users spent more time on the web, skewing usage data.
He added that users don’t just make their browser choice based on speed, saying features and user interface were usually more important.
“We know we’re not going to be able to serve everyone’s needs and that’s not even our goal as an organisation,” he added. “We want to drive the web as a platform and we’ve been pretty successful at that.”