Mozilla Firefox 96 update brings call noise reduction, history highlights, and more to Android and desktop

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Mozilla has released the latest version of its Firefox 96 web browser with several new features and bug fixes. The Firefox 96 version is now available for desktop and Android. To improve audio and video calls, Mozilla has worked on noise reduction and automatic gain control in the latest update. The company has also improved echo cancellation. On Android, Firefox 96 users get a new history highlighting feature. It shows recently visited websites. Regardless, Firefox users on Mac and Windows complain that they have problems loading a website. According to user reports on Twitter and Reddit, more and more Firefox users are having problems with websites not loading and not providing status information to users.

Mozilla’s first Firefox update of the year for desktop computers features notable improvements in noise reduction, automatic gain control, and echo cancellation. Firefox version 96 for desktop also focuses on reducing the workload on the main thread. It will likely help the browser work faster on older and slower systems. In addition, Firefox with the new update will have all cookies with the attribute SameSite = lax by default. Mozilla says this will help protect against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

The update contains fixes for security vulnerabilities in older versions of Firefox. With the latest update on macOS, clicking Links in Gmail will open in a new tab. Fixed multiple video playback issues and video quality degradation issues on certain websites. It also fixes the issue where WebRTC is degrading the screen share resolution. To avoid the problem with brightness changes, missing subtitles, and more, Mozilla has temporarily disabled split videos in full screen mode on macOS.

For Android, the new version of Firefox has added 96 history highlights that show recently visited websites. It also improves the images that appear for recent bookmarks on the home page. The update brings improvements to “Fill in the link from the clipboard” and fixes the interface problem with private tabs.

With the latest update, Mozilla says that selecting “Search Group” in “Jump Back” will switch to an active tab. Duplicate history items are now merged and the clear history button is labeled for screen readers. The update fixes the crash when browsing bookmarks. Also, users can close the keyboard when scrolling to the home page behind the search dialog.

Regardless, some Mozilla Firefox users are reporting an issue on the company’s support forums, Twitter, and Reddit that is currently preventing websites from loading. According to reports, an infinite loop bug in Firefox’s HTTP3 implementation is causing the problem. While Mozilla doesn’t currently provide a permanent solution to the error, there is a temporary workaround to completely disable HTTP3 loading in Firefox. As described by 9to5Mac, this can be done as follows:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Enter about: config in the URL bar to open a settings screen
  3. Look for the setting ‘network.http.http3.enabled’
  4. Set this setting to ‘false’ to disable HTTP3
  5. Close and restart Firefox

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