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 – Those small screens won’t be a problem anymore as you can view Web pages and images with less pixelation
  • Firefox is now optimized for large-screen tablets
  • Better UI when used on the Gingerbread OS
  • Page optimization for the right to left layout, e.g. in Hebrew and Arabic language pages
  • Addition of Touch Events to facilitate better interaction with Web pages
  • Added IndexedDB allows offline storage of Web pages for faster access
  • Automatic hyphenation of text

This is the first app I’ve seen to fully utilize Gingerbread-style menus:

It still is a bit slow though compared to Opera. That is to be expected from a third-party browser on a platform that’s also pushing its own optimized browser. However, it is an improvement from the previous builds of Firefox for Android, with noticeable performance bumps – it’s just not that big a bump.

If you want to try out the new build, all you have to do is hop on over to the Android Market and download it.

Source: Android Police


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