Slightly earlier than expected, Firefox has just announced via its @firefoxcounter Twitter feed that it has hit its billionth download.

The news was expected over the weekend, but publicity surrounding the milestone has increased the download rate, and the browser hit it early. On Monday, the company plans to launch, which will contain "a hub of information about the one billion downloads".

The foundation told Pocket-lint "Mozilla has come a very long way from the start and are very proud of this massive milestone. This accomplishment is a direct result of the continually growing Mozilla community and Firefox supporters".