Android Firefox Gets Revamped

December 17, 2011
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If you’ve already gotten accustomed to the mobile version of Firefox, you will be pleased to know that there are some changes to its Android interface. Mozilla, the company behind the famous browser, released some photos of a futuristic Firefox for Android last Thursday.

At first glance, changes are not that visible and easy to spot. But if you look closely, you’ll see that there are really some differences with the new interface. One of the changes you’ll notice on a standard window is that the tab management has been moved to the right side of the location bar. At the same time, the location bar has been upgraded to rounded corners. A lot of the bigger redesigns of the browser have been targeted to the many Firefox-specific pages, much like the default Start page and the add-on manager. Moreover, the new open tab management window takes up the entire width of the screen. Compared to its new look, this lets you avoid making do with the crammed portion on the left-side gutter.

Before the official photos were revealed, there was much talk about a change in the design of the mobile browser. While this was nothing but a cover-up, the real changes are found under the browser’s technicalities. Among the biggest change it has gone through is that the current XML User Interface Language has already been ditched for the native Android code. Through this change, the browser gets launched by the Native Android code in just fractions of a second, compared to a few seconds.

If you’re finding these changes all too appealing, you will have to stop for a bit and see that these do not come without a cost. Once your Android Firefox makes use of the new interface, your current Firefox Sync will get disrupted. In addition, the current add-ons you have for your Android browser will need to be rewritten. Fortunately, they can easily be rewritten. Considering the hassle this can cause to the user, Mozilla was able to place a higher app speed value compared to relying on its app features. An added feature is the ability to track design changes with the use of the Firefox for Android Nightly Channel.

 

[Source: CNET]

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