Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo
Mozilla has released its Firefox 4 beta 1 for Android and Nokia's Maemo. It includes features such as Firefox Sync and improved performance, according to Mozilla.Mozilla has released its Firefox 4 beta 1 for Android and Nokia's Maemo. The mobile-optimized browser can be downloaded from this Mozilla Website. It includes features familiar to users of Firefox's desktop version, including Add-ons and the cheekily named Awesome Bar, which displays frequently visited and bookmarked URLs. By tapping the Awesome Bar, users can access the Awesome Screen, which displays history, bookmarks and tabs.
Dense technical details of the release can be found on Mozilla Mobile team member Matt Brubeck's blog. In a recent posting, Brubeck suggests that Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo offers features not present in other browsers for Android, including the ability to let anyone write add-ons to customize the interface. In addition, Brubeck writes, the release "supports Web technologies such as SVG, ECMAScript 5, WebM and HTTP Strict Transport Security." "Early Firefox for Android builds were very slow compared to the stock browser," Brubeck added. "Performance is critical in a mobile browser, and our work in this area is starting to pay off. The new beta version is much speedier, and we have plans to make it even faster." Considering Google Android's market-share gains in smartphones over the past few quarters, it seems logical that Mozilla would make a speedy browser for the operating system a high priority.