Last week, Mozilla has teased us with a tweet that promised “something BIG” as coming this week for Firefox on Android. Some have expected a tablet optimized version of the mobile browser, but that proved to be just speculation.
That big thing coming is actually an update to Mozilla’s Firefox for Android mobile browser. According to the developers, the new Firefox brings a “screaming fast and personalized upgrade to mobile browsing that lets you take your Web experience everywhere you go”. Screaming fast – that’s something that Firefox mobile users will certainly appreciate, as the Android app was plagued by poor performance. Now, the new Firefox for Android should be “super fast”, both at web browsing and UI utilization. Mozilla claims that, according to its own (and new) browsing benchmark tool, Eideticker, the new Firefox is twice as fast as the stock browser.
Besides the much needed optimization, the update to Firefox for Android brings some cool new features, including the so-called Awesome Screen (a play on the Awesome Bar from Firefox for PC). The Awesome Screen is basically a dynamic start page with a Firefox Sync implementation – you will get all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, and form data, all neatly synced and organized. This feature should put Firefox on par with Chrome for Android, which had this type of syncing for a while.
The new Firefox for Android also has a “Firefox for Android has a fresh, streamlined look”. Other notable changes include tab browsing optimization, better add-on support, Flash support, Do Not Track mode, Master Password, and better support for HTML5 and other open web standards.
Will you give the new Firefox for Android a shot?
Mozilla Launches a Speedy and Powerful Upgrade to Mobile Browsing with Firefox for Android
As a pioneer of the Web, Mozilla unlocked the Web experience on the desktop with Firefox and we are doing it again in mobile. We’re proud to announce a new Firefox for Android is now available for download in the Google Play store. The new Firefox for Android is a snappy and dynamic upgrade to mobile browsing that makes it faster and easier to get where you want to go on the Web.
We redesigned Firefox for Android to make it a screaming fast and personalized upgrade to mobile browsing that lets you take your Web experience everywhere you go. You’ll notice dramatic performance improvements that make Firefox on your Android phone super fast with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming and Web app performance when you just want to play Mozilla’s BrowserQuest game with your friends.
Firefox for Android is significantly faster than the stock browser that ships on Android phones according to the leading industry benchmarks, such as Sunspider. In addition, we developed a new benchmark, called Eideticker, that measures the actual user Web experience and we built Firefox for Android to it, yielding an experience that is two times faster than the stock browser.
Upgrade to Mobile Browsing
Firefox for Android has a fresh, streamlined look with a personalized start page that saves you time getting where you want to go on the Web. The new Awesome Screen powered by Firefox Sync delivers all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and form data to your Android phone. We also optimized your favorite features like tabbed browsing, Firefox Sync and Firefox Add-ons to deliver the best mobile browsing experience possible.
Firefox for Android supports Flash so you can watch videos, play games and interact with more Web content on your Android phone.
Based on the same open technology platform as the desktop version of Firefox, Firefox for Android offers the highest level of privacy and security features in mobile browsing. Firefox respects your privacy and protects your security with features like Do Not Track, Master Password, HTTP Strict Transport Security and more.
Upgrade to the Web Platform
You can play Mozilla’s HTML5 BrowserQuest multi-player role playing game across desktop and mobile Web experiences to see just how powerful, fast and fun the Web can be.