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Mozilla UI Engineer Lucas Rocha, in a post to his blog earlier today, announced Firefox's "biggest UI change … since [its] first native release back in June last year."

The UI update, Rocha explains, includes a completely redesigned and rewritten Awesomescreen, which combines the interactive and functional aspects of the start page and the old Awesomescreen into one page with super-smooth swipable tabs. For those who aren't familiar with Mozilla's mobile browser, the Awesomescreen allows users to quickly get a handle on their bookmarks and browsing history.

As the post notes, the new interface is indeed much lighter, cleaner, and smoother than before.

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Right now, the new UI is only available to users of Mozilla's Firefox nightlies for Android, and there are still a few kinks here and there. According to the post, the mobile front-end team will be focusing on polishing it for Firefox 26 "in the next few weeks."

Thanks, Sadık Atalay!

Source: LucasR.org, Firefox Nightly

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Wow. Now I want to try it again.

  • Matthew Fry

    Coo

  • Matteo Regoli

    Did they also say when this will make it to the Play Store beta version?

    • Dunstark

      If nothing unexpected happens during testing it could arrive in twelve weeks or less on the beta channel.
      (If I remember correctly, a version of Firefox will stay on Nightly for 6 weeks, then on Aurora for 6 weeks, then on Firefox Beta for 6 weeks and it will then finally arrives on the stable channel.)
      At least that's how it worked on the desktop version, maybe the mobile version follows a different pattern.

      • Kaero

        Nope, follows the same pattern of release in time with the desktop version.

  • http://twitter.com/cmspearman Chris Spearman

    Your battery is low

    • mma173

      Yes, I noticed a battery drain issue after the update.

      • akshay7394

        ...i think he was referring to the screenshot...

        • mma173

          :D Yes, I think you are right.

        • mma173

          by the way, if you have the app installed, check the battery stats.

          • akshay7394

            Which, the Firefox nightlies? I don't, why?

  • Angmancy

    Firefox 26? Currently we are at 23.0.1.

    So we will be getting this after 3 more updates?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Evidently so, according to Lucas Rocha.

    • anon

      Yes. Every (OK, most) new features have to pass 3 cycles (Nightly. Aurora, Beta) before coming into stable.

      • Angmancy

        Oh well, I'll wait patiently then ;p

  • hello

    It's the same, they just swapped the windows/tab button to the other side of the address bar.

  • alamarco

    In the next few weeks eh? Now i have my hopes up because that looks really nice. The current screens are probably the worst part of Firefox for Android so this would be a huge step in the right direction.

  • kamiller42

    Thanks AP for the story!

  • dima

    Finally a reason to switch from (closed source) chrome. The worst part of Firefox was the lack of good start page like opera and chrome have.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    One word - Dolphin. kthnx

    • paper

      But there is a problem with dolphin. It doesn't launch native applications for YouTube or Play.

      • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

        Point taken.

  • Carlos

    Why Firefox is the only browser from where I can download files on dd sites like uploaded, cloudzer, etc..

  • mant0x

    I can't see any difference on a phone. I don't have a tablet though.

  • Japzone

    Wow, I didn't realize there was something before Aurora. Updated thinking that I'd be getting this :-/ Whatever, I prefer at least some stability so I'll just stick with Aurora. Will be waiting with excited anticipation for this to come :)

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