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Mozilla has announced a release candidate of Firefox 4 for Android and for Nokia Maemo.

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Firefox 4 RC for Android features several updates including faster scrolling, a better and more responsive version of Firefox Sync, and an overall improvement in the user experience. Other features include: text reformatting on zoom, a slimmed down on-screen form helper and find-in-page function, copy and paste in form fields, character encoding and other smaller improvements since Beta 3.

Codenamed Fennec, the first version of Firefox for Android appeared in August of last year.  Soon after a beta version of Firefox 4 for Android was launched in the Android Market.

Today the release candidate of Firefox 4 is finally available in more than 10 languages from the Android Market.

Head on over to The Mozilla Blog to check out the video of the new app, full release notes and a list of supported devices.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox

Thanks to Marisa for the tip

Credit: The Mozilla Blog

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • ObjectiveOne

    I have an Xperia X10 with 2.1. Anytime I use the browser it greatly slows down my phone and crashes.
    Also if I am listening to music in the background, the music will start to skip and eventually the music will stop all together. One positive thing about the release canidate is that it doesn't cause my phone to reboot anymore.
    I am sure their engineers are working hard on this product but I think this will work well on dualcore phones not single core 1ghz qualcomm processors.

  • Paul

    Interesting. I'm a big firefox fan in general, use it on my Windows, OSX and Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora) systems. I was disappointed @ first when I couldn't use FireFox on my phone but the default browser ain't that bad. Never had a need to use Dolphin or Dolphin HD or one of the myriad of other alternatives. I put FireFox on my G2 just now and it's nice but so far I don't think Flash support works, went to youtube and couldn't view a video. I know there's a youtube app but it's a proof of concept, need to get Flash working somehow.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu Abhiroop Basu

      I agree the default browser is fairly solid and I can't see how another browser could substantially improve on it.

      Speed is key and a minimalist UI is key in my opinion, which is one reason Dolphin and Opera aren't that great in my opinion.

  • Misteral

    Love Firefox and use it exclusively on my computers. However, the road to a mobile version seems to have been unusually bumpy. I've been watching the progress for something like 2 years (including WinMo development) and I think the current phones might not be the place for Firefox.

    Most people who use it (who bother about this sort of stuff) know that it uses more memory than some other browsers (Google's Chrome, for example, is very light) but we stick with it anyway because it works well and was responsible for the 'evolution' of browsers. I suspect though that the current phones cannot be as forgiving with regard to memory and processor usage. Objective One (first comment) is probably right when he/she says that it will be better suited to dual core phones.

  • Tee

    The native browser is so good, I hardly believe FF can top that. New Opera works also well, but a bit slowly.

    Well, the FF beta was pure crap anyway.

  • Recluse

    Why does it ask me to install add ons even after I have already done so?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu Abhiroop Basu

      Not sure, I haven't had a chance to play around with the app myself. If you figure it out, do let us know!