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:

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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.