Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 For Android

It's been a long time coming for Mozilla's Firefox 4 browser for Android. The beta version bounced around the Android Market for a few months, giving people the opportunity to play with the work-in-progress while they waited for the real thing. Well, the wait's over. 

Today, the company has taken the wraps off the final, release candidate, version of the browser and made it available for download from the Android Market. 

According to Mozilla, Firefox is up to three times faster than Android's stock browser. It attributes the speed to "major enhancements to the JavaScript engine." The user interface has also been modified to hide browser controls when not needed. 

New features bridge the gap between Firefox on Android and Firefox running on user's computers. Firefox Sync allows users to access bookmarks, browser history, and open tabs across their computers and handheld devices. 

Here's a quick rundown of what Mozilla says is new in Firefox for Android: 

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

Head over to the Android Market to download it now for free.

[via CNET]

 

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