Firefox 57 is currently on the Nightly branch in the development process meaning it is still undergoing big changes. The release will be one of the biggest since the introduction of Australis which launched several years back. To introduce the new Photon UI it looks as though Mozilla could give the browser an even flatter logo; this is based on the inclusion of a new icon in the Nightly builds.
The new logo completes the flattening of the logo somewhat, with Australis, the upper half of the fox was flattened out while parts of the tail were left spiky; with Photon, the tail is also flattened out too, completing the transition to a flat icon. Despite the psychedelic colours of the new logo for Nightly releases, it's safe to assume it'll come back to the regular orange, blue and yellow colour scheme for stable builds of Firefox.
Firefox 57 will introduce several features that users will notice from the get go, but, also comes packed with under the hood components that will significantly improve the browser's speed and security. Below is a round up of some of the features that have already been rolled out or are due to launch in Firefox 57 – some of these make up the wider Project Quantum which will largely be complete by the time Firefox 57 launches:
- Ability to take and share screenshots
- Inclusion of Quantum CSS dubbed 'Stylo'
- Better responsiveness with Quantum Flow
- Support for multiple processes
- A new performance settings tab
- The new Photon UI
- Additional location security
You can try out all these new features today with Firefox Nightly, things might be a little more unstable than you're used to, though. After trying it, let us know if Mozilla has done enough to win you back from a certain other browser, and, whether you like the new logo?