The early designs for Firefox 5, which could ship as early as mid-year, had been found on areweprettyyet.com, a site known to be used by the Firefox UI team -- it seems it'll now also be used to showcase potential interfaces for Firefox 5.
Early concept designs for Firefox 5 suggest Mozilla will move to simplify add-on management and updates.
- The mock-ups include concepts for 'desktop apps', which're Firefox's answer to IE9's pinned sites, and hopefully they'll re-use the same meta tags so that website developers won't have to accommodate both browsers. Presumably a similar interface will be used for Open Web Apps when they finally emerge, too.
- There're some suggested changes to the search bar, mostly to make it more streamlined -- and no sign of it being merged with the location bar, like Chrome or IE9.
- Firefox Sync looks like it'll be more prominently advertised, both on the about:home default start page, and in Remember Password and Edit Bookmark dialogs.
- The concepts, titled ''Potential Selection Screen Interface'', feature two shots of a redesigned add-on manager, with one titled ''Automatic Add-on Update Are [sic] Enabled''. The other is titled ''The User Has Disabled Automatic Add-on Updates'', clearly suggesting that Firefox 5 users will be able to enable such a feature. At the moment, Firefox will prompt the user when an add-on update is available, but willn't install an update without user interaction.
- Finally, it looks like enabling/disabling and updating add-ons could be significantly streamlined in Firefox 5. It seems a little odd to break out into a separate window after moving to a tabbed add-on manager in Firefox 4, though.
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