Mozilla Firefox a week before released the mobile version of its web browser for Android and Maemo devices. This new browser provides fast scrolling and improved performance than its beta one. The latest version, 4.0 release candidate 1 is optimized for Nexus one and other phones with ARMv7 CPU. The biggest advantage when it comes to firefox is the customization, yes it allows to install add-ons and skins. This version has a little drawback where it doesnt support Adobe Flash for Firefox. Mozilla will release an Firefox Flash Addon in near future to fix this problem.
The other thing is that there is no official support for Motorola Droid, but users can download, you can’t get the expected performance in it.
The requirements for this web browser is high and seems to eat lot of RAM so if your are having a low end device better prefer a simple browser than messing with this complicated one.
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Features of Mozilla Firefox :
- Pinch-to-zoom (Android), double-tap, or use the volume rocker (Nokia N900) to zoom in and out
- Support for third part add-ons and skins.
- Tabbed browsing in thumbnail view is new and easy to access
- Smart Tapping provides accuracy
- Allows sessions between a mobile device and PC-based Firefox browser.
- Location-Aware Browsing gives you content and info relevant to your location
- Find in Page lets you quickly find text in web page
- You can add your favorite Search Engines
- Easy Sharing by long tapping and holding a link.Share Page lets you send content to email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader
- Remember Website passwords using password manager
- Support for more than 20 languages. Check here for supported languages.
Requirements and Supported devices:
You need a Android 2.0 OS or more, also 512MB RAM and 17MB internal or SD card storage.
- Dell Streak 7
- HTC Desire
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC Droid Incredible
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC Nexus One
- LG Optimuz Z
- Motorola Atrix 4G
- Motorola Droid X
- Samsung Galaxy S (i9000, Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic 4G)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
For more complete list of supported mobiles and to check whether your mobile is compatible visit the system requirements of mozilla.
Here is the screenshot of mozilla mobile web browser running on Android OS.
Firefox for mobile may look too weight at present. We can expect some great changes in upcoming version to make firefox as the defacto in Android. Open Source users are looking forward to see a slim and sleek firefox 4.0 that supports lower end devices as well.