15
May
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The browser wars wage on in the mobile space just as it does on the desktop. Today, Mozilla fires another shot across Chrome's bow with Firefox 14 beta. The update, available in the Play Store, comes complete with a new UI, Flash support, and a bunch of other little improvements.

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The new version comes with an updated minimum requirement of Android 2.2 or higher. The new UI shows its Froyo-y heritage, too. While the whole app has seen a redesign that's pretty slick, it still uses the old-style menu button interface that's been outmoded since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich it uses no deprecated menu styles whatsoever and conforms to the UI standards of whatever OS version it is running on. Looks aside, the update is also pretty powerful.

Here's a brief summary of just some of the new features:

What's in this version:

  1. Redesigned user interface
  2. Significant performance advancements
  3. Flash support
  4. New start page
  5. Updated minimum system requirements to Android 2.2+ for optimized experience
  6. More: www.mozilla.org/mobile/14.0beta/releasenotes

For a more complete list, you can check out the release notes on Mozilla's site here. If you already have the Firefox beta, the update should be rolling out to your device shortly. Otherwise, head to the Play Store via the widget below to try out the browser.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Joe

    How the hell can you change the user agent on this thing to desktop!?!

    • http://limpet.net/mbrubeck/ Matt Brubeck

       Install this add-on, then choose "Phony" from the browser menu:

      https://addons.mozilla.org/android/addon/phony/

    • Joe

       EDIT - nevermind, just found that it was an add-on called "Phony".  Install and it works just fine =P

  • raindog469

    Pretty sure it'll never be my default Android browser. But if it's less of a pig than previous versions, I'll keep it installed for use when Webkit and Opera both have issues with a site (usually involving sites that are missing a usable mobile version and still make use of iframes or CSS overflow: scroll).

  • http://limpet.net/mbrubeck/ Matt Brubeck

    > "it still uses the old-style menu button interface that's been outmoded since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich"

    This is incorrect.  Firefox Beta uses the native menu widgets provided by the operating system.  On devices running Ice Cream Sandwich, it uses new ICS-style menus.  (We should probably replace those screenshots with ones from an ICS phone.)

  • Paul Werner

    Just in time for me to not care anymore about flash. I thought I did and kept not using FF on Android because of this but when Chrome came out without it and I downloaded it, I realized how little I really need that for. Now that I have Chrome as my only browser on my Epic on CM9 I still will skip even using FF

  • 1Weirdguy

    i cant understand how hard it is to get the mobile version to mirror the desktop version. For some reason the "do not track me" still tracks me. I want a dedicated private browsing experience. i dont want my phone to remember anything.

  • Wayne Randall

    any comments about it's speed?  is it still slower than death?  i liked FF for android, but my dialup from home was faster.

  • Wayne Randall

    any comments about it's speed?  is it still slower than death?  i liked FF for android, but my dialup from home was faster.

  • cowgar

    Firefox beta 13 was the first usable for me, loved it so kicked Opera mobile out of my One S. It was so much better in pages loading, response lag (opera had 2s delay on almost anything) and loaded tabs in background properly. Typing this from Firefox 14, is even better, love the New UI. I just can't get adblock plus working, was alright in beta 13...

    • Donq Dq

      Having the same problem.

  • cowgar

    Firefox beta 13 was the first usable for me, loved it so kicked Opera mobile out of my One S. It was so much better in pages loading, response lag (opera had 2s delay on almost anything) and loaded tabs in background properly. Typing this from Firefox 14, is even better, love the New UI. I just can't get adblock plus working, was alright in beta 13...

  • Comfortbetrays

    This is the most stable and awesome build yet. It beat out Opera finally! Thanks Mozilla for all your hard work!

  • omgwtfbbq

    just installed and it is super fast, leaves chrome in the dust in terms of browsing speed. love it! It's my new default browser now.

    I just wish it had text reflow, that is the killer feature of the default browser which I really miss :(

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