Mozilla will be releasing Firefox 4 in the next few weeks. Firefox 4 sports a complete overhaul from the previous versions and is very similar to Google Chrome. However, Mozilla is now working on the next version Firefox 5 which might be released in late 2011.
CNET got hold of some concept pictures which show the future of the browser. The concept pictures can be seen at http://areweprettyyet.com/5/. One of the main focus of Firefox 5 will be desktop apps which will contain site specific features in them.
For example, if you use the Twitter app, you will see options such as creating a new tweet, checking your direct messages and more. This feature will also be available for other sites like Facebook and IMDb.
Internet Explorer 9 has a similar feature where they allow websites to define tasks when a website is pinned to the taskbar. It is not yet known whether the site specific features in Firefox 5 will have their own tasks or rely on websites to define those tasks.
In addition to the site specific features, Firefox 5 will also have a new visual appearance for the search box, where the color of the button would change based on the search engine the user is using. This color could either be specified by the search engines themselves or will be fetched from the favicon of the search engine.
Firefox 5 will also promote the Firefox Sync option to users so that they can sync their passwords, bookmarks and more in the cloud and use it on any mobile device or PC.
Mozilla will also be revamping it’s add-on manager which is used to install and manage Firefox add-ons in the browser. Firefox 4 introduced a new add-on manager, but it looks like they will be revamping it again in Firefox 5.
These are just some of the key features from Firefox 5 which are available as concepts. It looks like Mozilla will continue building on Firefox 4 and add these new features to it, so the look and feel of Firefox 5 may not be any different than Firefox 4.
So what do you think about the new Firefox 5 concepts? Do you like them? What else would you want to see in Firefox 5? Do share your opinions and views about it.