Nov 04 AT 3:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

Firefox 4 Beta for Android now available, faster and sleeker

Today Mozilla announced the new Firefox 4 Beta for mobile devices which is now available to download for Android. Based on our site analytics, Google’s Chrome browser is the top choice for our readers, but Firefox comes in at a close 2nd so I’m sure many will want to check this out.

The latest Firefox 4 Beta for mobile includes a 60% install size reduction on Android (from around 43 MB to 17 MB), reduces memory usage, and improves text rendering. Mozilla has also made quite a few UI improvements, which has undergone an overhaul to include an Android-inspired theme.

Things will continue to improve as the Mozilla team nears the final release. Currently they are working to add hardware acceleration to make scrolling and zooming even faster and will enable HTML5 video to “bring a more rich browsing experience to your phone”.

Mozilla is also encouraging developers to begin building add-ons for Firefox 4 Beta for mobile. If you want to get involved with the beta release visit the official project page.

This update of Firefox 4 Beta for mobile is smaller, sleeker and faster with:

  • a 60% smaller install size
  • a new theme with a fresh look and new features for tabbed browsing and link sharing
  • optimizations that make it around 25% faster on the SunSpider Javascript benchmark than the stock browser on Android 2.2

Source: The Mozilla Blog

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