Mozilla has readied the 9.0 version of the Firefox browser for public download. In line with the product release, Mozilla confirms that an existing agreement with Google has been extended for at least three years to keep the search giant's technology closely tied to the browser.
Mozilla has also stated that Firefox now helps websites "load much faster", especially sites that download large sets of data or use AJAX — and that this latest version will also support chunking XHR requests, allowing websites to display content as it's downloaded instead of waiting for the entire download to complete.
Mozilla has left it to Google to pepper in a few extra tools for web developers particularly focused on HTML5 development. Reports suggest that there is a new "input tag" designed for use with the camera function on tablet computers running Android. The effect of the tab is to allow the user to take pictures and (if needed) even scan bar codes and the new QR (Quick Response) square bar codes.