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Mozilla Firefox 4 For Android Now Available



Finally, after a wait that to Android owners may have seemed like years (it was actually months), Mozilla’s mobile browser has shed its beta skin and the final build, shockingly called Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android, is now available on the Android Market.

Mozilla Firefox For Android

Mozilla claims that Firefox 4 for Android is three times faster than the stock Android browser and it features a number of delightful features including full HTML 5 support. There is also the familiar tabbed browsing, bookmarks, add-ons and something the non-profit organization calls Firefox sync which will allow Android owners to access things within their browser across devices.

The browser is not only available to Android users either as it has also been released for download to Maemo users as well. Here is a full list of the improvements that come with Firefox 4 for Android, which we might add, is free:

What’s New in Firefox for Android and Maemo:

Streamlined Interface

  • Focus on Web content: Features like tabs, one-touch bookmarking and browser controls that stow away when not in use help users focus on the websites they visit

Browse More, Type Less

  • Awesome Screen: Type less with easy access to history, bookmarks and open tabs
  • Save to PDF: Capture important websites, like directions or a boarding pass, to view offline
  • Share Page: Share websites via apps like email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and more
  • Add Search Engine: Customize your search engine list

Private and Secure Synchronization

  • Firefox Sync: Access Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple computers and mobile devices with secure end-to-end encryption

Most Customizable:

  • Firefox offers thousands of ways for users to customize the features, functionality and look of their mobile Web browser with Firefox Add-ons

Cutting Edge Tools for Web Developers:

  • Firefox improves existing tools like CSS, Canvas and SVG to enable developers to make exciting Web pages
  • HTML5 support in Firefox for Android and Maemo includes Location-Aware Browsing, device orientation, accelerometer, desktop notifications and more
  • The JavaScript engine incorporates the new JägerMonkey JIT compiler, along with enhancements to the existing TraceMonkey JIT and SpiderMonkey’s interpreter for faster page-load speed and better performance of Web apps and games


  1. Alain Chappaz

    03/29/2011 at 6:13 pm

    It’s early days. No Flash support yet – a big limitation. Personally, I recommend Android users try it out – in *addition* to stock, Dolphin HD, and Opera mini. I like FF for its looks, and Dolphin for its functionality.

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