Mozilla last week announced big things coming to Firefox for Android in a Twitter message without revealing too much about what they meant by that. Today, Mozilla has released the next version of Firefox for Android that is faster and more powerful than the previously available app for the operating system.
Firefox for Android has been redesigned to improve the browser's performance on Android devices. According to Mozilla, this makes the browser faster than the stock browsers that ship with android phones. Mozilla even created a new benchmark that it says measures "actual user Web experience". In this benchmark, Firefox renders nearly twice as many frames per second than Opera or Chrome for Android, and three times the fps of the previous Firefox version for Android, the Dolphin browser, and the default Android browser.
The browser features a personalized start page that is displaying top sites, a speed dial like feature to access often used sites with a single tap of the finger. Firefox desktop users may be interested that the Android version is now supporting Firefox Sync, Mozilla's data synchronization service, as it is now possible to synchronize bookmarks, passwords, the browsing history and form data between Firefox for Android and desktop versions of the web browser.
Firefox for Android users can also install add-ons in the mobile browser, and access Flash contents on Android. As far as accessing contents that require plugins go, Mozilla has implemented a tap-to-play feature to block plugin contents from loading automatically when the sites they are embedded on are accessed.
From a security standpoint, desktop features such as Do Not Track or the Master Password have been integrated into the mobile browser to improve the overall security of it on the mobile phone.
Firefox for Android is compatible with Android 2.1 and above devices. The software requires 17 Megabytes of storage, and at least 512 Megabytes of RAM on the device.
Have you tried the new Firefox Mobile 14 browser for Android yet? If so, what is your impression, especially in comparison to other browsers that you may have used or tested on the device?
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