Firefox update brings speed increase of up to 25 percent, more secure browsing

by Sean Stewart on
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Firefox may not be the browser of choice for a lot of Android users out there, but that may change soon if what Mozilla claims turns out to be true. Mozilla claims that due to their JavaScript compiler called IonMonkey, performance increases of up to 25 percent can be experienced on their Firefox Android browser. Along with the boost in performance, the Android version also brings a search suggestion and is also integrated into Google Now. This is a feature that you’ll have to opt in for which is conducted over a secure connection. Speaking of secure, Firefox will also offer new phishing and malware function to protect users even further. Give it a shot and let us know if you notice a difference compared to your current browser.

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source: Mozilla Blog

Firefox for Android now available for surfeit of new devices

by Colton Kaiser on
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Mozilla announced today the availability of its Firefox for Android browser for a slew of new devices including the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT, LG Optimus Q and many more.

Before today, Mozilla’s mobile browser only supported devices utilizing an ARMv7 processor. The company has now opened up the software to support ARMv6 architecture, meaning another 50 percent of the world’s entire fleet of Android devices can now download and run Firefox for Android. While this may not seem like a significant milestone, Mozilla believes otherwise, claiming that “this is an important step toward making the open Web free to all.”

Source: Mozilla

Firefox Nightlies Incorporate Flash Despite Adobe Discontinuing It

by Jack Holt on
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Adobe discontinuing Flash support for mobile browsers came as a shock for most when the announcement was made. What is even more surprising is that even with this announcement Firefox has implemented the plug-in into its nightly builds. While those who have installed the mobile version of the popular web browser have been calling it for a while now, even developers are puzzled. Dknite was quoted to say in his blog:

“Since Firefox’s for Android inception back in March 2010, the top request and comment is ‘We want Flash, We Want Flash!’  Why people want that buggy plugin still floors me today, but Mozilla’s heard you loud and clear.”

So while I haven’t tested this personally, those of you interested in taking it for a test run can download the file below and let us know what you think of it in the comments section. Make sure that when you go to manually install it, that you have the Unknown Sources option checked under the application area of your settings.  With Flash being discontinued it will be interesting to see how long flash support will remain in any of the browsers. Who knows, maybe Sibblingz Spaceport 3.0 will take the place of Flash down the road.

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[via Dknite]

Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 4 for Android now available for download

by Mikka Burrell on
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For those of you who aren’t fond of the stock Android browser or just want to try something new, Mozilla Firefox has just released Beta 4 of Firefox 4 for Android.

Beta 4 is boasting faster page loading, improved JavaScript support, reduced memory usage, and support for add-ons that are currently making their debut in the desktop version of the Firefox 4 beta. Android-specific changes include several keyboard issues that have been remedied (which was top feedback from Beta 3) as well as improved support for tablets like the Galaxy Tab and small-screen devices like the Motorola Droid Pro.

Firefox 4 Beta 4 for Android is a large file to download, however, clocking in at 13.70 MB. This amount only increases with bookmarks, add-ons, etc.

For the full changelog of Firefox 4 Beta 4, hit the break!

You can download Beta 4 from your Android device here.

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