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Firefox is one of the world’s most popular browsers, and even though Chrome may work better with Android, Firefox is still the king of browser for many people. This is why seeing the newest version of the Firefox Beta for Android can excite a lot of users. It’s out on the Market right now, and it brings a whole lot of UI changes, performance improvements, and other fixes and enhancements. Here’s what’s new for this version of Firefox for Android: Better start-up – Firefox is now optimized to start faster and is less of a memory drain Higher-quality image scaling…

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Today Opera has taken its Opera Mini web browser for Android smartphones out of beta.  Opera Mini 5.1 is expected to offer a richer and better performing web browsing experience while on the go and now allows users to set Opera Mini as the default browser for surfing the net and also has bolstered page layout on Android devices with with large screens. Opera Mini is available now via the Android Market or m.opera.com for free.

Archos expanded its tablet offerings today by introducing the Archos 7 and Archos 8 Home Tablet, two low cost Android tablets that target the home user. The Archos 7 Home Tablet shares the same form factor as the Archos 5 Internet Tablet but is powered by a 600MHz ARM9 CPU, not the more powerful ARM Cortex-A8 TI OMAP3 processor of  its predecessor. The Archos 7 Home Tablet features a seven inch, 800×480 resistive touchscreen display, extensive video codec support including 720p video playback with bitrates up to 2500kbit/s, built-in speakers, WiFi, USB host functionality, microSD expansion, composite video out, a…

DROID owners clamoring for some multi-touch like their European counterparts should take a close look at a lively discussion over at AllDroid. Apparently, member t3hSteve was able to hack the multi-touch enabled browser of the Motorola Milestone onto the Motorola DROID. The hack is not for the faint of heart as it requires a rooted device and some familiarity with adb but if you are up for the task, a enviable multi-touch browsing experience will be your just reward. Hit the jump for a short video of the pinch and zoom in action. [via Gizmodo]

Here’s a quick video showing some of the features of the very cool Dolphin Browser by MGeek for the Motorola DROID.  The Dolphin Browser is a true Webkit-based browser that offers high-end features like multi-touch pinch/stretch zooming, tabbed browsing, and even finger gestures for accessing its many features. It’s really quite impressive, and is available from the Android Market for the low, low price of free.  You can hardly beat that. You’ll find the video of the Dolphin Browser in action after the jump.

Augmented reality browsers seem to be the in-thing at the moment, and we can see why. If done well, they have the potential to be down right awesome. The issue with these applications, however, is that they rely heavily on plotted content. This week, news of two augmented reality browsers has hit the headlines. The first we heard about was by a Dutch company naming their product “Layar” and the second was by IBM for Wimbledon, called ‘Seer’. But first, what are they? The applications runs on your Android phone and makes use of your camera, GPS, compass and pretty…

Mocana, one of the top 100 privately-held technology companies in North America, have released NanoPhone suite for the Android. NanoPhone is the “most comprehensive open standards-based security suite for developers building to the Open Handset Alliance’s Android specifications”. In short, this product tightens Androids loose skin, especially in and around the area of Internet connectivity. A secure browser and malware/virus protection are just two of the features included in the suite for Android. However, perhaps the most important aspect of the product (especially for enterprise consumers) is the inclusion of a VPN client. Mocana state that Android has lacked a…

We mentioned last week that a new over the air update for the T-Mobile G1 was on its way.  It was called RC28 and was to address a bug with the Amazon MP3 store and offer a few enhancements.  Well, since the Android browser security flaw was found, Google and T-Mobile have halted the RC28 update that was already in progress and will instead be sending out an RC29 update that fixes the browser security hole. The new RC29 update started going out to users as of this past Monday. You can find slightly more information on RC29 and future…

A team of security researchers that includes former NSA computer security specialist Charles A. Miller have found a flaw in the Android platform’s Webkit based web browser. The security flaw would allow a malicious website to install an application within the browser that could do things such as monitor keyboard input for login IDs and passwords when the user visits other websites. Google was quick to point out that all applications in Android operate inside a security sandbox that keeps a breach in one app from providing access to other parts of the phone. As such, the browser flaw could…