The firs beta could be released as early as late June.
That’s the word from Mozilla Firefox director Mike Beltzner released last week.
While there was expected to be version 3.7 of the existing Firefox browser, the development team decided to roll the plugin update fixes into version 3.6.4 instead. Version 3.7 doesn’t look as though it will now see the light of day as focus now pushes towards version 4.
The major plan for Firefox 4 is a cleaner user interface that at least in some ways resembles Google Chrome with barely more than a web address entry panel and a series of tabs.
Support for HTML5 and CSS3 as well as new gesture interaction including multi-touch will be incorporated, getting the browser ready for the likely enslaught of tablet PCs and iPad-clones beginning to make their way out of China.
Multimedia will also see some adds with native video and audio support, faster 2D drawing and support for fullscreen use via an application programming interface (API) for developers.
The timeline for Firefox 4 at the moment is for the first beta to appear in late June, the first release candidate to come out mid-October with the final version appearing early November.
However, with Firefox 4 still in Alpha phase at time of publishing, there are still quite a few bridges for the development team to cross so while they’re talking about it, nothing is quite set in concrete just yet.