Get your Firefox 4 fix on Android, Maemo

By on March 30, 2011
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Mozilla brings Firefox Sync, tabs to mobile platforms.

Mozilla yesterday released the latest version of Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo mobile operating systems.

The updated version packs in a ton of features, prominent of them being Firefox Sync which allows users to sync their bookmarks, history, tabs, passwords and other data between different computers. Other features include tabbed browsing, add-on installation, options to save PDF files, and customize default search engine. The mobile Firefox 4 will have a new, streamlined look with an updated UI that will auto-hide controls whenever they aren’t use.

Mozilla claims Firefox 4 mobile is upto 3x faster than stock Android browser. Below is the complete changelog:

What’s New in Firefox for Android and Maemo:

Streamlined Interface

* Focus on Web content: Features like tabs, one-touch bookmarking and browser controls that stow away when not in use help users focus on the websites they visit

Browse More, Type Less

* Awesome Screen: Type less with easy access to history, bookmarks and open tabs
* Save to PDF: Capture important websites, like directions or a boarding pass, to view offline
* Share Page: Share websites via apps like email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and more
* Add Search Engine: Customize your search engine list

Private and Secure Synchronization
* Firefox Sync: Access Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple computers and mobile devices with secure end-to-end encryption

Most Customizable:
* Firefox offers thousands of ways for users to customize the features, functionality and look of their mobile Web browser with Firefox Add-ons

Cutting Edge Tools for Web Developers:
* Firefox improves existing tools like CSS, Canvas and SVG to enable developers to make exciting Web pages
* HTML5 support in Firefox for Android and Maemo includes Location-Aware Browsing, device orientation, accelerometer, desktop notifications and more
* The JavaScript engine incorporates the new JägerMonkey JIT compiler, along with enhancements to the existing TraceMonkey JIT and SpiderMonkey’s interpreter for faster page-load speed and better performance of Web apps and games

Firefox 4 mobile is now available on the Android Market. Maemo users can download it here. Check out the official blog for a short video showcase.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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