Mozilla has announced the availability of a new version of Firefox for Android that features performance and personalization enhancements, among other improvements.
Mozilla has announced the availability of a
new, faster, more personalized version of Firefox for Android.
The redesigned mobile browser features
performance improvements to speed up everything from startup and page-load
times to panning and zooming and Web app performance when you just want to play
your friends, the company said in its June 26 blog
announcing the new release. The new Firefox for Android is available
for download here
in the Google Play store.
Mozilla said Firefox for Android is
significantly faster than the stock browser that ships on Android phones,
according to the leading industry benchmarks, such as SunSpider
addition, Mozilla developed a new benchmark, called Eideticker
which measures the actual user Web experience and built Firefox for Android to
it, yielding an experience that is two times faster than the stock browser, the
Firefox for Android is based on the same open
technology platform as the desktop version of Firefox and thus offers a similar
level of privacy and security features in mobile browsing. Firefox respects
your privacy and protects your security with features like Do Not Track, Master
Password, HTTP Strict Transport Security and more
the Mozilla blog said.
Moreover, new HTML5 capabilities in Firefox
for Android enable developers to create rich Web apps and Websites based on
As the advocate for the Web, Mozilla exposes new
and submits them to standards groups to move the Web forward as a
platform, Mozilla said. Among the standards that Mozilla helped build are
Camera API, Vibration API, Mobile Connection API, Battery Status API, Screen
Orientation API and Geolocation API.
In addition, Firefox for Android has a
personalized start page that saves users time getting where they want to go on
the Web. It also features a new Awesome Screen powered by Firefox Sync that
delivers all of a users browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and form data
to their Android phones. The Awesome Screen gets users where they want to go
quickly by giving them a list of your most often visited sites along with the
ability to browse through their bookmarks and history.
We also optimized your favorite features
like tabbed browsing, Firefox Sync and Firefox Add-ons to deliver the best
mobile browsing experience possible, Mozilla said.
Firefox for Android also supports Flash so
users can watch videos, play games and interact with more Web content on their
Mozilla announced on June 5 the availability
, the latest version of its desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.