Aug 27 AT 12:10 PM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Fennec Alpha now available for Android 2.0+

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:

Via: Facebook

Source: Mozilla

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  • Uncemister

    Works good even on the MotoCharms lower screen resolution. Ill need to try this out on my nexus too.

  • http://Website Angus

    I’ve been using the well established Dolphin browser and it already has many addons.

    • http://Website Daniel

      Doesn’t make the statement less correct, though, since Fennec doesn’t run only on Android, and is actually older than the G1.

      • http://Website Angus

        True. Good point.

  • http://Website Anya

    It doesn’t work on my phone (HTC Hero CyanogenMod6 Nightly).

  • Mauro

    Great News, lo usare en mi Nexus One para probar la interfaz de esta versión móvil de Firefox en Android.

  • neodbunny

    it tells me not supported for my evo g4 … anyone has ideas?

    • neodbunny


  • http://Website 138

    Will not work on Vibrant.

    • Mocha K

      It worked for me, but was a little slow and choppy.

    • Peter

      It works on my Vibrant.

  • http://Website anne

    The alpha release is only available on ARMv7 phones. The list of supported and unsupported phones are listed on their wiki page:

  • http://Website sax

    Did not work on my phone either. I am running CyanogenMod 5.0.8 on a MT3G.


  • Peter

    This is one of the few (maybe only) browser that will authenticate NTLM. I have to use it to connect to the wireless internet at school (although once I authenticate, I can use the stock browser).

  • http://Website JaylanPHNX

    I’ll probably wait for the final build, but this may replace Opera Mini as my default.

  • http://Website bridget Williams

    On Mozilla’s own website it says it is optimized for the N1. As I have a Nexus One I took the plunge and downloaded it. First of all it takes up 30MB of space. ( Even moving to the SDCard it still takes up 20MB or so) On top of that it’s slow and choppy. Definitely an alpha release an early on at that. Not worth the space at this point.

  • Apollo

    I’m using Fennec on my Motorola Milestone and it’s working very well. Rendering and UI are impressing me so far.

  • PyroBunneh

    Dang. I used to be an avid Firefox user until falling in love with google chrome on my computer. I’ve heard of Chrome to phone, but am not sure if it’s a standalone browser. And I have no problem whatsoever with the default browser on my DX. However, if I do decide to use an alternate browser on my phone, which one would offer a better user experience? Fennec or Chrome?

    • http://Website ian

      chrome to phone isnt a browser its a way to transfer web pages that u r looking at on ur computer to ur stock android browser so u can easily continue reading them when you have to go.

  • http://Website whimsy

    Does it have webgl enabled? That would really differentiate it from other browsers.

  • http://Website sephiro3

    Nexus One. slow and waste too much space. uninstalled for the meantime. I hope they get it right in the beta release.

  • http://Website Sgporeboy

    If you’re using a Moto Milestone, like I do, don’t bother installing Fennec cos it eats up 32MB of space.

  • http://Website JamieB

    Nexus One.

    I like it. Yeah, its large and a bit choppy but that’s Alpha for you. I absolutely love Firefox, so this alone will drive me to try the mobile app.

    My biggest gripe is there’s no “exit and clear cache/history” like on Dolphin, which I feel is a must.