The newest version of Firefox Beta for Android is out on the Market now, and it brings a slew of UI changes, performance improvements, and other fixes and enhancements. Just check out this condensed changelog:
New in this release for Android:
- New initial experience: Firefox starts faster and uses less memory. Get to your home page quickly and discover browser features on the side panels.
- Higher-quality image scaling: View crisp Web pages and images with less pixelation
- Enhanced Firefox experience on large screen tablets
- Improvements to the form helper on Android
- Fresh visual style on Gingerbread OS
- Optimization for pages that use right to left layout rendering, e.g. in Hebrew and Arabic
- Touch Events for better interaction with Web pages
- IndexedDB allows Web pages to store data offline for faster access
- Automatic text hyphenation
This is the first app I've seen to fully utilize Gingerbread-style menus:
Unfortunately, it remains rather sluggish - at least on my Nexus One. Then again, I've yet to find a third party browser I really enjoy, so I'm probably not the best person to ask. Compared to previous builds of Firefox for Android that I've used, it does seem a bit quicker - but not by a huge margin.
Let us us know what you think of Mozilla's latest release of its Android browser, in the comments.