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Aug
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If there is one thing that I'm always interested it, it's new browsers for my tablet. I can honestly say that I've used nearly every available browser in the Market - both optimized for Honeycomb and not. While I currently switch between Dolphin for Pad and the stock browser, I've been longing for a Honeycomb optimized version of Firefox for some time. It looks the Mozilla Mobile team heard my quiet cries, as they showed off some of the features of the upcoming browser in an official blog post earlier today.

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As you can see, it it has a very clean and minimal look about it, while retaining some of the visual elements of Honeycomb.

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In landscape, the tab bar is along the left side so it maximizes the vertical viewing area; flip it into portrait, and the tabs move to the top to maximize the horizontal real-estate. Brilliant design, if you ask me.

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The 'Awesomebar' is also on the receiving end of some enhancements -- the tabs have been moved to the left, making them easier to read and access, along with increasing the amount of displayed results above the keyboard.

There's no word on when this version may be available, but we'll make sure to keep you posted when it does.

[Firefox Blog via Reddit]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://googleymind.com alchemist007

    Unless, Andy & Co., comes with a better, cleaner looking browser along w/Ice Cream Sandwich, I think this will be my default browser of choice! Looks really awesome

  • mintvilla

    strangely, to my surprisement, i find opera mobile, the best tablet browser, and ive tried them all. Firefox - no flash no dice.

    • M Stanley

      Another vote for Opera Mobile

  • Mike

    Unless Firefox supports Flash from the get go on my Galaxy Tab, it will be damn near useless. The reason I chose an Android tablet over the iPad was because i wanted Flash support. Why would Mozilla continue to swim against the current and give us something that looks pretty, but that without flash is also useless?

  • mastermind26

    I was gonna say the same thing: No flash is a no-go!

  • James M

    Personally I like dolphin and it supports flash

  • http://talk3g.co.uk Hands0n

    There is an abundance of life without Flash. Lets not get too stressed out about it.

    The new Firefox browser looks awesome. But has it solved the problem of keyboard lag that seems apparent with Honeycomb tablets? If not, then I am still left with a tablet (Asus Transformer) that is virtually useless for web use.

    • http://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk kingronnie

      The latest OTA update solved the keyboard lag on my Transformer.
      +1 for Dolphin, by the way

  • ocdtrekkie

    My big peeve, is why the Android team is not working with the Chromium team, to put proper Google Chrome on Android, rather than the shoddy browser it has now.

  • Mark

    Looks like they just ripped off Opera's UI to me.