Mozilla’s mobile version of Firefox is now available in Alpha release for those of you with devices running Android 2.0 and above. Codenamed Fennec, it is the first mobile browser to offer add-ons and is built on the same technology that powers the desktop version of Firefox.
Keep in mind this is an Alpha release so you will likely experience a few bugs. An updated Beta release is planned for the coming weeks. If you decide to test it out, make sure you stop by the support forum to provide your feedback.
I have honestly been quite pleased with the default Android Browser since the additions of Flash Player 10.1 and Chrome to Phone, but it’s always nice to have more alternatives. Let us know what you think of the Fennec Alpha and how it compares with your favorite Android web browser.
Hightlights of Fennec Alpha include:
- Firefox Sync synchronizes your Firefox history, bookmarks, passwords and tabs
- between your desktop and mobile
- Add-ons are available to customize the functionality and look of your Firefox
- Personalized Start page lets you pick up where you left off on your desktop
- Awesome Screen gets to know you and takes you to your favorite websites with minimal typing
- Pinch-to-zoom (Android), double-tab, or use the volume rocker (Nokia N900) to zoom in and out
- Tabbed browsing in thumbnail view lets you easily see and select the site you want
- Location-Aware Browsing gives you content and info relevant to your location
- Save to PDF, Find In Page, Forget Password, Send Page and Add Search Engine located in the Site Menu all help you manage your preferences and options for each site you’re on
- Context Menu lets you Open in New Tab and Share by long tapping and holding a link or image
Download the Fennec alpha from: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/m/alpha