Mozilla updates Firefox for Android adding Flash, speed and enhanced security
Firefox for Android comes with one killer feature - you can synchronize it with your desktop Firefox and have all your bookmarks and pages straight on your phone, but now Mozilla is making its Android browser even better by adding speed and power to it.
Earlier last week, the company teased us that a “Fast. Smart. Safe.” Firefox is in the works, and now it’s out on Android’s Google Play.
The new Firefox brags with faster than stock Android browser performance in everything from startup through page loading and pinching in and out to zoom. Also, it’s now the fastest in benchmarks like SunSpider. The new Firefox also supports Adobe Flash so you can check out videos online and play Flash games.
The looks of the new Firefox browser are also brand new and more streamlined, with a start page which you get to personalize. The Awesome Screen as Mozilla humbly calls its browser search bar comes with browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and form data, all synced with what you already have set up on desktop (if you have Firefox Sync on, that is).
Thew new Firefox also comes with enhanced privacy options with features like Do Not Track and Master Password. It’s all free, so it wouldn’t hurt checking it out - the link is right below.
Download Firefox for Android [Google Play link]
+- Press Release
Mozilla Launches a Speedy and Powerful Upgrade to Mobile Browsing with
Firefox for Android
As a pioneer of the Web, Mozilla unlocked the Web experience on the
desktop with Firefox and we are doing it again in mobile. We’re proud to
announce a new Firefox for Android is now available for download
the Google Play store. The new Firefox for Android is a snappy and
dynamic upgrade to mobile browsing that makes it faster and easier to
get where you want to go on the Web.
We redesigned Firefox for Android to make it a screaming fast and
personalized upgrade to mobile browsing that lets you take your Web
experience everywhere you go. You’ll notice dramatic performance
improvements that make Firefox on your Android phone super fast with
everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming and
Web app performance when you just want to play Mozilla’s BrowserQuest
game with your friends.
Firefox for Android is significantly faster than the stock browser that
ships on Android phones according to the leading industry benchmarks,
such as Sunspider. In addition, we developed a new benchmark, called
Eideticker, that measures the actual user Web experience and we built
Firefox for Android to it, yielding an experience that is two times
faster than the stock browser.
*Upgrade to Mobile Browsing*
Firefox for Android has a fresh, streamlined look with a personalized
start page that saves you time getting where you want to go on the Web.
The new Awesome Screen powered by Firefox Sync delivers all your
browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and form data to your Android
phone. We also optimized your favorite features like tabbed browsing,
Firefox Sync and Firefox Add-ons to deliver the best mobile browsing
Firefox for Android supports Flash so you can watch videos, play games
and interact with more Web content on your Android phone.
Based on the same open technology platform as the desktop version of
Firefox, Firefox for Android offers the highest level of privacy and
security features in mobile browsing. Firefox respects your privacy and
protects your security with features like Do Not Track, Master Password,
HTTP Strict Transport Security and more
*Upgrade to the Web Platform*
New HTML5 capabilities in Firefox for Android enable developers to
other open Web standards. As the advocate for the Web, Mozilla exposes
new Web APIs
submits them to standards groups to move the Web forward as a platform.
Among the standards that Mozilla helped build are Camera API, Vibration
API, Mobile Connection API, Battery Status API, Screen Orientation API
and Geolocation API.
You can play Mozilla’s HTML5 BrowserQuest multi-player role playing game
across desktop and mobile Web experiences to see just how powerful, fast
and fun the Web can be.