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.


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.

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  • 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 :)