20
May
image

Firefox for Android has come a long way since the project hatched as "Fennec" many months ago - there is no doubt about that. What started as a bloated, slow, and buggy pile of crap (really, it was bad), is now one of the greatest browsers Android has to offer (add-ons ftw!). Don't get me wrong - it's still lacking quite a few features - notably, Flash support, faster font redraw on zooming, better startup times, etc., but Mozilla knows this and is working hard on the next version - 5.0.

In order to test out new (but potentially buggy) builds, the company decided to introduce a separate Beta app into the Market today. By installing Firefox Beta, you will be able to play with the new features without jeopardizing the main Firefox installation. Additionally, you can run both apps simultaneously and compare them on the fly.

To start things off, Firefox Beta 5.0 introduces the following features and enhancements:

  1. Added Do Not Track option to Preferences, enabling you to tell sites if you prefer to opt-out of online behavioral tracking
  2. Smoother panning and CSS3 Animations
  3. Speed improvements, especially pertaining to page load and on 3G networks
  4. Important bug fixes including compatibility with SwiftKey

The most notable addition is the Do Not Track option already found in the desktop versions of Firefox. I personally don't care much about this, mostly because it relies on websites to honor the Do Not Track requests (which they don't have to), but speed improvements are definitely appreciated. Sorry, no Flash or other interesting stuff just yet, but I fully expect more frequent iterations in this version from now on.

image image image

You can grab Firefox Beta from the Market using the widget below:

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.androidsuomi.fi/ Jonne Backhaus

    Still no flash? what a turnoff.

  • Tony

    Sound good but until there is flash support I'll have to pass

  • ErOR

    It's ok but Dolphin HD 5 is the way to go, it simply kicks ass.

  • S3nd41

    No version for 600mhz processors tells me straight away that this browser sucks.

    • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

      No, it tells you that modern browsers need more power than 600mhz. IE you need a better phone.....

      • djembeman

        Or you can overclock! DROID 1 stock kernel can inherently run the CPU at 800mHz. You just need to root and install setcpu to clock it higher.

    • Simon Belmont

      It has nothing to do with clock speed. It has to do with the chipset itself.

      Older ARM chipsets are not compatible with it. Hopefully Mozilla decides to make a stripped down one that is compatible with older chipsets eventually, but by then everyone might have more modern hardware.

  • mehim

    i use an iphone currently and one of the things i'm trying to find in an android app to make the move into the platform is a browser like the opera on the iphone. you see i'm in a country that takes its internet a bit too seriously and blocks lost of things on the interwebs, the opera helped me to pass over this blockage but when i used the Desire HD opera it didn't get through :S ... any help anyone ... please ?

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    It is still awful, and I'm a big Mozilla fan. I use 4.0.x on it's desktop brother. But 512MB of RAM required for the mobile version, that's way out there for requirements. You really need at least a tablet (modern one at that) or something like the G2x that has more than the 512MB of RAM, which only 300MB or more is available because of the radio, etc. I will stick with the stock browser and hope for syncing options with Google Chrome.

  • http://androidsite.tk Android Market

    You just need to root and install setcpu to clock it higher

Quantcast