Ben Elliott · Feb 3, 2011 at 06:00 am

Firefox 4 Beta 4 for Android Available Now

The struggle between web browsers flooded into the region of smartphones almost as soon as such platforms became available. Nowadays, there is a multitude of browsers to choose from, regardless of whichever mobile operating system you choose to use.

Firefox 4 for Android (previously codenamed Fennec) is the smaller brother of Mozilla’s immensely popular browser for fully-fledged PCs. This week, Mozilla announced the recent release of Version 4 Beta, the latest update to the application.

According to Mozilla, their benchmark tests have demonstrated that this newest version is faster than any before it, while also being faster than the stock Android browser. New or improved features are also abundant, including:

  • Firefox Sync – a tool to help you synchronise information such as bookmarks, tabs and passwords with the browser’s PC counterpart
  • Increased stability, a reduction in installation memory usage and improved readability
  • Firefox Mobile Add-ons Gallery – a library of plug-ins and extensions which enhance the browsing experience (such as support for Personas themes)
  • Improved support for HTML5, CSS and JavaScript
  • The ‘Awesome Screen’ – Improved access to searching an navigational controls

The new version of Firefox is available to download from the Android Market. To read more, visit the blog post on the official Mozilla website.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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