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New Firefox Beta for Android brings new UI and Flash support

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New Firefox Beta for Android brings new UI and Flash support
Earlier this month, Mozilla said that Firefox would be getting a unified UI across all platforms, and today, Firefox Beta for Android got a facelift and other improvements, so this may be the start of that promised unification. Although, if it is, it is a bit strange that mobile would see the new UI before any other platform, not even the Aurora (dev) channel for desktops has seen the new UI. 

In addition to a redesigned UI, the new version of Firefox Beta is promising "significant" improvements in performance, which sounds great, but it has also become also as expected as the promise of generic "bug fixes" in each release. The browser also has a new start page, but maybe best of all is that it has finally added support for Flash. 

Part of how Mozilla was able to up the performance and other improvements was by bumping up the minimum requirements for Firefox Beta. So, now instead of requiring Android 2.0 or higher, you must have Android 2.2 or higher. Of course, that still covers the vast majority of the ecosystem, so it shouldn't be a problem. 

If you want the newest Beta version, it's available for free in the Google Play Store, and if you want the newest of the new, Mozilla does offer the Aurora channel for Android on its website

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posted on 15 May 2012, 15:18

1. Yusei (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Thx for sharing Michael H.

Actually it's very nice in my GNote.

Fast, stable, very snappy and synced all my bookmarks

Cumps

posted on 15 May 2012, 15:29

2. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


FYI Tablet's do not have access to flash.

posted on 15 May 2012, 17:41

5. Yusei (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I don't have in my Note, maybe FF assumes Note like a tab, it happens in swiftkey too.

Regards

posted on 15 May 2012, 19:30

6. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


The new update brings FF to version 14. On my phone it is 14 but on my Xoom it is still 13.0?

posted on 15 May 2012, 19:52

7. Yusei (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Same here.

posted on 15 May 2012, 15:37

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


After 6weeks
Firefox 2.0 announced along with Firefox 3.0 beta
After another 6weeks
Firefox 3.0 announced along with Firefox 4.0 beta
Another another another 6weeks
Firefox 4.0 announced along with Firefox 5.0 beta

posted on 15 May 2012, 16:36

4. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


i wonder if its better than dolphin HD or chrome?
never like firefox on pc though

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