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Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android Available, Most Polished Version to Date

Firefox 4 on Android has finally hit “release candidate” status and is pretty damn awesome when compared to previous builds.  Well, aside from lacking support for Flash that is.  It has speed to compete with any other browser, is no longer riddled with performance hogging bugs, and with its side panels, is one of the easiest to use on the market.  While I’m not a huge fan of Firefox on a PC, I’m definitely a big fan of their mobile version.  

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  • Pcguru30

    I’m using swiftkey and that seemeed to crash previous versions of firefox mobile I tried. Anyone know if this has been fixed?

  • Pcguru30

    I’m using swiftkey and that seemeed to crash previous versions of firefox mobile I tried. Anyone know if this has been fixed?

  • robble

    tried. worst. browser. ever. stock is 100% faster and more intuitive.

  • mihitnrun

    It doesn’t even notice mobile webpages. I can’t stand the wait time to load a regular webpage on the phone. That and the lack of flash = no need, stock works just fine

  • Anonymous

    It was so slow I thought I thought my WiFi turned into a dial-up modem. No thanks.

  • Mrdeezus

    This is the slowest mobile browser i have ever used.Uninstall.

  • Thomas Clinard

    long time xscope user, but pretty sure opera mobile will be my default from now on. So smooth, fast…

  • Thomas Clinard

    Long time xscope user here, but pretty sure I’ll be giving it up for new Opera Mobile. So smooth, fast…

  • Mollequin

    no flash? why bother?

  • Mollequin

    no flash? why bother?

  • http://nacho220.blogspot.com nacho220

    I’d like to try out the sync feature that is available for Firefox 4 desktop to Firefox on mobile devices but I’ve heard that the sync feature is pretty buggy so far as that I’ve heard many people say that it wipes out their entire list of bookmarks. Anyone still experiencing that? Obviously that was more when it was still in very very early beta stages. With the desktop version reaching “release candidate” status also I’m interested in trying it out, but now my concern is the compatibility of the add-ons I have and am using with my current version of Firefox. I have a number of add-ons that come in handy and I use on a daily basis. But it would be worth trying out if someone suggests the sync feature issue is cleared up. Appreciate any responses in advance.

    • DBK

      Desktop version is really cool and eons better than version 3. Some extensions will not work though, and will get removed. It does make the attempt to search for newer versions of those extensions for FF 4 (it only found one for me even though it removed like 5.

      Here is what was not compatible:

      - Adobe DLM 1.6.2.63
      - Norton toolbar 4.6
      - Skype Extension for Firefox 4.2.0.5198
      - Vuze Remote toolbar 2.7.2.0

      Hope that helps.

      • http://nacho220.blogspot.com nacho220

        Certainly does help giving me some info on someone with experience making the switch. I’m sure over time the extensions will get updated to work with 4.0, but I’d rather just stick with what I have until all the buggyness for sure gets fixed (deleting bookmarks on sync, etc). I’ll see if anyone else replies. I’m glad that it will search for updated versions on the extensions though – thanks for that info! Cheers!

        • DBK

          No prob. Did some more research. Seems that the Norton toolbar will be updated in a few weeks (a little slow for my liking). Adobe DLM and Vuze toolbar are “working on it” (take that any way you wish). Skype has been blocked by Firefox until the issues with Skype are fixed (another “working on it” response). So it could be a bit before those extensions are updated and fixed for FF 4.

          Outside of that, the only real issue (that I have seen so far) is the syncing. Other then that, it is a pretty solid browser now (finally!).

          note: Haven’t tried it on the phone yet, so can’t say how it performs there. My only experience is the desktop version.

  • chad

    pretty sure it still sucks…dolphin browser all day long

  • digsoreos

    All stock browser needs is a built in way to sync bookmarks with your Google account and tabs for open windows.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      tabs, tabs, tabs

    • John

      exactly. if it gets integrated that, i’d never want to switch. the “windows” shit just doesn’t work

  • Jchammer123

    Does anyone know why the D1 is not supported?

    • Anonymous

      Firefox 4 requires 512 MB of RAM.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if they fix the file size on this?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LEP2PO6BC524BBC4K5CRPFOJFY josh

      They added app to sd support plus allowed for all of your data to be saved on SD card so the apps total size was around 800KB i think on your internal memory.

  • Matt

    Any way to increase the stock Thunderbolt’s browser tab capacity from 4 to 8?

  • DBK

    FireFox 4 on the PC is actually pretty cool. It even looks like Chrome and is much faster than FireFox 3 (version whatever). You should try it Kellex.

    (I know it’s not Droid-related, but I thought I should point that out.)

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      Firefox 3 got a case of the hiccups on me one day and I downloaded Chrome and love it. Don’t know if I can go back and give up all those lovely Google extensions in the corner (i.e. Voice, Calendar, Gmail, Springpad). Is there any one thing in Firefox 4 that should make me give it a shot? And let’s not even talk about Internet Explorer….

      • DBK

        FF 4 is basically Chrome now without those particular extensions, although downloading the Chrome toolbar would probably fix that. :P

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

          Thanks guys, I may just be giving it a whirl

          • DBK

            No prob :)

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

          Thanks guys, I may just be giving it a whirl

      • Anonymous

        There is a Google toolbar add-on for Firefox that does what you want. I use it every day.

    • Anonymous

      I just installed Firefox 4 this morning. I deleted all traces of Firefox after I switched to Chrome, but this new version of FF works amazingly well. It’s much faster, I’m not seeing any memory problems, and it runs pretty much how I want a browser to work. I’m not sure it’s worth a switch back, but Mozilla got back in the game with this one, IMO.

      • DBK

        Agreed. I switched to 4 because 3 started hyper crashing all of a sudden. 4 is far superior and has made FireFox is a viable option again :P

  • Anonymous

    Thunderbolt stock browser FTW!!

    • Kevoskee

      I love the default browser on my thunderbolt but wish I could have more than 4 windows opened at once

  • http://twitter.com/brian_not_brain Brian Ashbaugh

    I want to like this browser but it just doesn’t do it for me. I’ll stick to switching between Dolphin HD and Miren.

  • Rickuski

    xscope rocks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Yesterday’s update has made me an Opera Mobile believer. I have about 4 different browsers that I like to use on Android, but I may stick with Opera for now.

    • http://profiles.google.com/tmcarr89 Travis Carr

      I’ll never use opera because of how it renders pages remotely, on Opera’s servers.

      • http://twitter.com/bd7349 Brendon D

        You know you can turn that off, right?

      • Tim242

        Opera Mobile does not render pages on their servers, unless you turn on turbo. You are thinking about mini.

  • John

    Nothing to do with this article, but I wish you would still provide QR codes for downloads links from the actual market. You seem to have replaced these with links to the web based market. Unfortunately, installs through the web based market do not work on some custom ROMs.

  • John

    Nothing to do with this article, but I wish you would still provide QR codes for downloads links from the actual market. You seem to have replaced these with links to the web based market. Unfortunately, installs through the web based market do not work on some custom ROMs.

    • T3lancer2007

      Don’t know what ROM you’re running, but on Liberty 1.5 it works no problem.

    • Anonymous

      works on sapphire… but I believe you have to be on the latest market version… check your rom’s latest gapps package and see if they have the new one if not you can get it from *other rom builds

  • 11knives

    This thing is getting slammed in the market. No way I’m bother to install.

  • toddicus

    meh, does it still rape the phone of available space?

    • Anonymous

      It’s still big that’s for sure.

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/107430353005607798966 KiriusKris

        Hide yo kids! Hide yo wife! =Þ

  • http://twitter.com/v941726 v941726

    it’s certainly not fast

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried at least two of their betas, and this thing just does not work for me. Tried it on my DROID and my Vibrant. It will without fail, fail to load a page completely. I’m going to give this one more chance on my Vibrant, but if I have the same issues I’m done.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/EOCvPaxnrPJtI2DmEi.NDzeZDkF3#95230 160723

      Me too….. Firefox on my D1 just does not work. It almost reboots my phone each time i try to view a page. Opera Mini is 1,000x faster.

      • Anonymous

        Firefox 4 does straight up say it isn’t compatible with the DROID, but I have tried FIrefox on my Vibrant and it has been virtually the same. Hopefully this will turn out better.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

          Never got the older version to run on my OG, and now I know why. Just another reminder of the OG fading away….unfortunately I can’t put it in a nursing home until May 2012

  • http://twitter.com/RageXicity Mike

    Stock works fine thanks

  • Anonymous

    I like xscope….

  • Anonymous

    No flash = no thanks

    • Mike

      Latest Opera browser has flash, and handles tabs better than the stock browser. It’s been my new favorite for the past couple days.

  • goblueboy

    i heard a lot of negative stuff from this, stickin with dolphin till there is something that can beat it

    • KO

      Exactly how I feel. I have yet to find a better solution than Dolphin

      • Anonymous

        well i gave up on dolphin hd, I don’t like the fact that when i try to press the back button to go back a previous page, it don’t go back, then i press it again, it goes back two pages. so Im stickin with skyfire as of right now

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Irish/1327913021 Michael Irish

        miren browser. a third of the size – way lighter. I find the speeds to be equal, though miren fans will swear it’s faster. There’s no question the UI is nicer though.

        • Pookie

          Totally agree. Miren is awesome.

        • KO

          WOW

          I don’t know how I never heard of this one before, just tried it out and have to say, I’m really liking it so far.

          How did this one slip under my radar

  • Nader

    meowwwwwww