The latest version of the Firefox Beta has hit the Play Store, and it introduces a change to the new tab page that is sure to liven up your mobile browsing experience. As usual, top sites are presented as thumbnails on the default screen, but version 26 makes your history, bookmarks, and reading list all accessible with just a few swipes. It's an intuitive and attractive experience that easily trumps that offered in the stable version of the browser.

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The update also introduces a new way to pin tabs to the home page, performances improvements on some NVIDIA devices, and, of course, bug fixes. The password manager has also been enhanced, as it now supports script-generated password fields.

What's new:

  • Updated about:home interface with Top Sites thumbnails, and ability to pin tabs to home page
  • Password manager now supports script-generated password fields
  • Performance improvements on some Nvidia devices
  • CSP implementation now supports multiple policies, including the case of both an enforced and Report-Only policy, per the spec
  • There is no longer a prompt when websites use appcache
  • Support for the CSS image orientation property
  • IndexedDB can now be used as a "optimistic" storage area so it doesn't require any prompts and data is stored in a pool with LRU eviction policy, in short temporary storage

Bug fixes:

  • When displaying a standalone image, Firefox matches the EXIF orientation information contained within the JPEG image (298619)
  • Improved page load times due to no longer decoding images that aren't visible (847223)
  • In some cases, the clip set on the page doesn't update when the addressbar hides (928977)
  • Invalid position:fixed rendering (923969)

There you have it. Grab the beta below and enjoy.

Source: Mozilla

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Brad

    How about that weird APK security issue?

  • Cliffon

    love the scrolling, smooth as butter.

  • Concerned person

    still no "Never remember history" or "Always private browsing" option like the desktop version. Sub-par till they respect freedom and privacy more.

    • kamiller42
    • Jordan Pt

      I'm running the Aurora version and it has a new Guest mode that switches the browser into a temporary profile that's deleted when you switch back. So basically a private mode.

    • Demetrius

      add a new Boolean in the about:config named "browser.privatebrowsing.autostart" and set it to true.

  • Brandon Bradley

    They also fixed the bluetooth mouse wheel scroll direction.. Before the update the screen scrolled up when you scrolled the wheel down.

  • tokuiten

    Where's tablet support?

    • Jordan Pt

      Huh? It works fine on tablets. Use it on my Nexus 7 all the time.

      • tokuiten

        It uses a phone interface on tablets. That's not tablet support.

        Wake me when Firefox gets the same kind of tab bar as Dolphin and Chrome.

        • Demetrius

          That is a tablet ui.

        • Jordan Pt

          The lack of a Tab bar doesn't mean it isn't Tablet optimized. That's just the design they decided on for their app. Personally I find Tab bars to be a pain on touch screens, especially when you have a lot of tabs, it takes forever to scroll through them to find what you're looking for. On mobile FF I just open the Tab Side-menu and I get a scrolling list of thumbnails that I can glance at to decide if they're what I wanted. Lot easier to use with my fingers.

    • liam

      They use Fragments.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    I still use firefox on my computer. Is it any good on a Nexus 7?

    • RealPetChicken

      you should use dolphin browser hd

    • Mr. S

      Yeah, it works pretty well on my 2012 N7. Firefox Sync is great.

  • mike c

    Does Firefox have data compression like opera or chrome on android?