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Firefox 4 Beta 5 Resembles Google Chrome Again!

Firefox 4 Beta 5 Resembles Google Chrome Again

We all know Mozilla just released its next beta version, Firefox 4 Beta 5 yesterday. As we noticed, Firefox team has not yet integrated its new JavaScript engine JaegerMonkey into the public beta of Firefox yet. And it’s clear that virtually no JavaScript performance improvements over the last beta version.

Firefox 4 beta 5 reduced menu

Past week back we noticed that Beta 5 was originally seen as the feature freeze update, but Mozilla pushed the freeze further into the future and Beta 6 may turn out to be the release that will be feature complete for the first time.

When we were noting down the changes in Firefox 4 beta 5, most the changes were matching the recent stable version of Google chrome 6 features and Chrome 7 updates. Here are the few changes we got from Firefox’s latest beta,

1. Reduces Menu

Firefox 4 beta 5 reduced menu

The first notable featured which Firefox copied from Google Chrome was its new Menu style. Firefox has reduced its main menu similar to Chrome 6 and 7.

2. Cut, Copy and Paste

Firefox 4 beta 5 cut copy and paste shortcuts

Google Chrome 6 has showed the cut, copy and paste shortcuts in its menu itself. This feature had reduced user dependency on keyboard. This updated was mainly implemented for touch screen systems. Now Firefox has copied it finally in its Beta 5 release.

3. Private Browsing Shortcut

Firefox 4 beta 5 private browsing

Google Chrome 6 has showed the one click shortcut for its incognito window(private browsing). We saw the similar update in latest beta.

4. Downloads and Addons Shortcuts

Firefox 4 beta 5 addons and downloads shortcuts

We think image says it all. Firefox has added new shortcuts to downloads history and addons/extensions in its reduced menu.

5. Default Hardware (GPU) Acceleration

Just a day before the release of beta 5, Chrome 7.0.519.0 nightly build offered a integrated GPU acceleration in it. After sometime in Firefox 4 beta 5 we noticed the same feature has been integrated. We don’t know whether Firefox team tried to copy Google Chrome or just made a perfect rival.


These the top things Firefox has copied from Chrome till now. Hope we won’t see any more copied features in Firefox as we all expect the unique and best browser out of this browsers list. Overall, the browser feels notably more stable as the previous versions and begins to be looking like a browser that is making good progress toward a final release. The first release by the way, is scheduled for the second half of October.

Download Firefox 4 Beta 5

Do you like to use the browser which is replica of another or Chromified Firefox? Raise you voice through commenting and let others know what you feel. 😉

15 thoughts on “Firefox 4 Beta 5 Resembles Google Chrome Again!”

  1. Mani Viswanathan says:

    I would continue to use Firefox till the time Chrome becomes a bit heavyweight & supports most features that ff does currently.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      I think now chrome has all new features compared to Firefox Mani 🙂 I can say only Tab Candy like feature is missing in Chrome 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your views bro 🙂

  2. delaila says:

    Good news huh? Keep up the good work. This is really nice.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Copying is really nice?? 😛 Thanks for your comment delaila 🙂

  3. jishnudevan says:

    It was google chrome which copied Firefox's Hardware acceleration .

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Oh! I din't know about this buddy 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Bishwajeet says:

    Would like to try it when more stable versions release

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Then you may have to wait till next month 2nd half bro 🙂

      Lets see what comes out of final release 🙂

  5. Jim House Sitters says:

    The amount of blogs that I subscribe to changes constantly with new ones becoming available that suits my needs. I LOVE Firefox, don't have it at work but wouldn't use anything else at home.

    There are also many other blogs that are not on my list but I find I cannot subscribe to all of them.

    Pick the ones that are really beneficial, like this one and follow the most relevant comments.

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Nice to see you here Jim and happy to hear those words from you 🙂

  6. Katya says:

    Its really difficult to come up with a new version that is very different and innovative because not everybody are techies and its harder to train/teach people than pets.(no offense to the humankind I'm one of you but that's the truth)

    1. Vinay Gowda says:

      Still we can expect some uniqueness from other browsers. Every user compares different browsers and picks the best out of it. When 2 things are similar they ignore the one which looks perfect. 🙂

  7. nathan says:

    i think Firefox 4 beta is faster than google chrome. and google chrome sometimes showing "oops!" pages but not in firefox.

  8. Kavita says:

    If I compare looks and loading time, google chrome is better. I like firefox for its addons but have not updated mine to beta 4 as does not support the Search Status addon yet.

  9. Kavita says:

    If I compare looks and loading time, google chrome is better. I like firefox for its addons but have not updated mine to beta 4 as does not support the Search Status addon yet.

    Hi by the I am currently using firefox 3.6.10 and your blog background is appearing completely black but not so in google chrome. I also had difficulty in submitting this comment in firefox so am submitting again in chrome.

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