Firefox For Android Tailored for Tablets

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-12-22 Print this article Print

Anyone out there like to use Firefox on devices other than their work or home PCs?

Firefox for Android, which has 5 million to 10 million users, has been tuned to work better for Android Honeycomb and future tablet builds.

For example, the Awesome Screen integrates Firefox Sync, keeping browsing history, open tabs, bookmarks and saved passwords across desktop and mobile devices.

This type of sync feature, also super-popular on Google's Chrome Web browser, is crucial for users who need to access their browser content across devices at home, work or on the go.

Tabs are rendered as thumbnails in the left-hand rail for quick multitasking while keeping current Websites visible on the right.

They look a little like the application tray in Honeycomb tablets. Users may get a full-screen view by swiping to the left to hide the tabs.

The new Action Bar menu, which includes back, forward and bookmark buttons for easy navigation, offers options for Firefox preferences, add-ons, downloads and other tools.

There are also one-touch bookmarks--just tap the start--that let users add an icon to their home screen for favorite Websites and Web apps.

Madhava Enros, lead user-experience designer for Firefox for Android, noted in this video that he and his team tried to be "really visual and magazine-like in our presentation":

It's very visual, that's for sure. I'm just sort of used to the Android Webkit browser I use on Android handsets and tablets in my work as a reviewer. I won't even use Opera or Dolphin. Don't feel the need to.

Get the new Firefox for Android app here in the Android Market.

Also, if you're a developer, read this blog post for more details about HTML5 tools the company built.

Mozilla has had a solid week. It just renewed its big money-maker, its default search deal with Google. The deal accounts for more than 80 percent of Mozilla's revenue.

Moreover, Mozilla's Messaging CEO David Ascher laid out his plans for Mozilla going forward in 2012, albeit in somewhat vague terms. |

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