Firefox 6 Beta lands in the Android Market

Firefox 6 Beta lands in the Android Market
Firefox for Android has been a fairly slow roll. The app first launched in pre-Alpha form back in May of 2010, and at the time it was enormous, bloated, slow and buggy, as one might expect from something pre-Alpha. Today, Firefox 6 Beta landed in the Android Market, and it feels impressive. 

Firefox 6 Beta lands in the Android Market
Firefox hasn't slimmed down, but it has had the move to SD option for a few versions now. The big difference these days is in boot time. Firefox has always been slow to cold start on Android, but it's finally feeling like the devs are making headway in getting the browser to launch faster. But, the new Beta isn't just faster, they've also increased the image scaling quality in an effort to reduce pixelation, and it shows. If you browse sites with a lot of image posts (hey, Chivers!) then you'll have noticed that those posts are nearly impossible to view in any mobile browser on Android phones because the images are terribly pixelated. In Firefox 6, that problem is no more, and the pages still load quickly. (The DAR awaits!)

Firefox 6 Beta also includes improvements to:

  • Enhance Firefox experience on large screen tablets
  • Improveme the form helper on Android
  • Fresh visual style on Gingerbread OS
  • Optimize 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

It's a nice improvement all around, but if you like image intensive sites, this update is a must have. It's free in the Android Market.

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16 Comments

1. ltr unregistered

I usually use Skyfire or Opera, I might give this a try.

6. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

No flash No Fire Fox*edit* I didnt mean to press replay here oops

2. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

After all these updates, FF is still a horrible browser.

3. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I love Firefox's desktop browser but the fact that its mobile app doesn't support flash is a huge deal breaker for me. I'm sticking with dolphin hd for now. Best I've used thus far.

4. still_sux unregistered

ugh still it feels heavy and unresponsive, its like my phone has 256mb ram and slow connection i dunno, FF is nothing compare opera & stock.

7. tanuj unregistered

Just download thsi browser and after 30 min of use on 3G network i can say this is the wrost browser on android platform.

9. jay unregistered

ppl that are talking bad about FF either your phone cant handle it or you dont know how to use it. FF is the best browser availible because it has the most custimization problem is that it doesnt support Flash, which is the reason why i dont use it. If it had it i would use it. i also believe that the software has a memory leak because it will take 30-35 of ram but i have plenty of that to spare. Many of you that are having the slow responsiveness its because you dont have enough ram to spare for it to run properly.

17. Andrew W. Chang unregistered

You just hit the nail on the head. Slow responsiveness, memory leak, no flash support, slow page loading. FF has every problem that I do not want to have for my primary browser. How can that be a good browser? And, what benefits can you get by using customization?

10. WDBJ unregistered

Xscope Browser is pretty elegant and a very user-friendly UI. Buttttt Dolphin Browser is pretty awesome. My two favs.

11. blarr unregistered

firefox is hands down the best browser for desktop (I tried Chrome and it's just missing stuff that firefox has so easily accessible, like adblockplus and having the bookmarks/homepage easy to access) but the Android browser sucks butt, no flash? Lolno, I'll stick with the awesomeness of Dolphin HD

18. Chromaniac unregistered

I don't know when is the last you gave a Chrome a go. But, you should try it now. Adblocker and home screen on Chrome are pretty awesome.

12. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Its slow. And I have a fast phone. Uninstalled.

13. omar_q8

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

arabic support!!!! nice

14. Tiger unregistered

failure mozilla :-( love the desktop browser but man the android browser is poor as hell tried it again yesterday - then tried skyfire and xscope man - different league.. Personally i think they should go back to the drawing board with the mobile browser it seems its fundamentally wrong .... no amount of updates will fix it

16. Falcon

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

What browers for Android support Flash?

19. Chromaniac unregistered

They did it again! I tried the official version and didn't like it. Yesterday, I read an article that FF beta is available in the market, so I decided to give it a try expecting faster start-up, faster page loading and maybe some UI improvements. But, it is still slow, heavy and difficult to use. FF for desktop is a well-made web browser with highly customizable features. But, FF for Android has been a big disappointment so far.

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