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Firefox redesign on the way says Mozilla

By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com
Firefox redesign on the way says Mozilla
CREDIT: Firefox

Mozilla's Vice President of Firefox engineering Jonathan Nightingale, announced Saturday that Firefox will be getting a redesign.

Nightingale broke the news while speaking about the evolution and future on the browser to rTool for Black Hats .

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"Maybe we shouldn’t even call it a browser anymore,” he said. “‘Browser’ is really an antiquated word. People don’t really browse all that much anymore.”

According to Nightingale, usage patterns have changed so much that the concept of "browser" seems obsolete. In turn, the company's new search engine "Australis" will be more focused on the user experience and will feature a more intuitive and clean design.

"At first glance, [Australis] looks a bit more like Chrome than the Firefox we know today," wrote Blackhat Tools of the redesign. "In its current iteration, the Australis theme features rounded corners for tabs and the same three-bar icon to the right of the URL and search boxes to bring up a drop-down customization and settings menu."

The new search engine will reportedly be unveiled in October 2013 though several upgrades that will be included in the new browser, like a new download manager, can be appreciated in the latest upgrade of Firefox.

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