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Firefox For Android Receives Makeover, Starts Delivering Tools For Developers To Create Richer Web Experiences

Not too long ago, Firefox started a march for a better web experience. Today, Firefox has taken it’s first true step towards that goal. They have updated their Android application, and have given Firefox for Android a very nice face lift, and more importantly, have given developers the tools to build better web applications, and websites. 

The new welcome page helps users discover browser tools and features (like Firefox Sync, add-ons, tabbed browsing and bookmarks) that are conveniently stowed away in the side panels. Many users will notice faster zooming, crisp text and reduced pixelation due to enhanced image rendering in Firefox for Android.

Firefox for Android adds support for tools that help developers create rich, compelling mobile Web apps and websites. With the single touch events API, developers can build Web experiences that detect touch events and gestures. Imagine mobile Web apps that enable users to swipe their finger to pan around a map and mobile Web games that let you swipe a finger to swing a baseball bat or pull a slingshot to launch an angry bird. Support for multi-touch events will be added in future releases.

Which mobile browser people tend to use is a big deal for some, and with a seemingly never ending list, it is hard to make a definite choice. Has everyone given Firefox’s previous attempts a chance? Definitely check out the newest version and see if it is on par with Dolphin Browser or Opera Browser. Let us know if it’s better and if this new makeover was a good move.

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  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I stray to new browsers, but I ALWAYS end up back in the default browser on every phone, tablet, and Rom. It just always seems to win out…

  • nicotinic

    Dolphin Browser HD. It’s pretty awesome.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Stephen D

    What a great photshopped phone. The front of the Fascinate with a smaller screen, TouchWiz 3(bleh), and the iPhone 4′s crappy antenna design! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

    Miren Browser is DEF my choice. Way better UI than any other I have tried!

  • Ezrabyrd

    It’s almost there. The reflow speed and general flow of fully loaded web pages is fanatically done. However, the url entry doesn’t party nice with swype, web pages that are still loading are unbearably unresponsive, and on my way to this very blog to praise some of it’s newer features, it caused my phone to crash and restart single handedly! It’s still, easily, the worst browser on the market.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XAIEF5RCTKK23KNSMG6VQWFTA Leticia Fletcher

    I just paìd $22.85 for an ìPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her her Canon EOS Rebel Camera that we got for $38.78 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.còm

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XAIEF5RCTKK23KNSMG6VQWFTA Leticia Fletcher

    I just paìd $22.85 for an ìPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her her Canon EOS Rebel Camera that we got for $38.78 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.còm

  • RW-1

    Why is it that Firefox, a premium desktop browser for computers, can’t get it right for mobile?

    14Mb, and it sucks on Android, yet Dolphin and others (xscope) give a great experience at 1/8th the footprint.

    Everyone was eagerly awaiting it since fennic was announced and thought they would blow everyone else out of the water, however so far – fail.

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

      Firefox is the only one that uses it’s own everything.  All the other browsers use the stock one, and overlay it with their UI and changes.  That’s why it’s so big.

  • stelv81

    I hate that flash dominates the web…but it does. this browser is worthless without flash

  • John

    Firefox still slow as molasses on Android? It’s always been the case so I haven’t even bothered to keep trying it.

  • Smacinskyjr

    I still feel that xscope is the best browser. Why does no one mention it?

  • Etbass

    I like Boat Browser Mini 

    • http://twitter.com/jdhas jdhas

      +1

  • jimbob

    Dolphin Mini > all.

    • Adam Elghor

      does it have flash i forget 

      • Anonymous

        does my phone have flash i forget

        seriously, it’s totally useless. i almost never use flash on my og, and it frankly just slows down my browser whenever i have it.

        • Anonymous

          Flash on Android seems to be mediocre at best and a detriment at worst on everything except dual core devices/tablets. On my DROID 3 Flash is close to a PC experience.

    • http://twitter.com/HeliosAI Jon

      it does! DOLPHIN MINI FTW

  • PyroHoltz

    Rock’n Dolphin.

    FF is too heavy and doesn’t seem to provide the minimum features set.

  • http://twitter.com/dizknee24 Peter Wassel

    i don’t see the point of these updates. If there’s no flash, i wouldn’t even bother reporting it.

  • Anonymous

    Can it actually surf the internet now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Did you take over the site for today Tim?

  • Anonymous

    I’m still using the stock browser. I haven’t gotten around to getting a different one.

  • http://subzerosoldiers.com Matt

    I tried older versions of FF on Android and wasn’t impressed.  I guess I can give it another try though, I’d like to poke into those dev tools as well!

  • Anonymous

    I keep it on my phone as an alternate, I still find a few sites here and there that don’t display properly in a Webkit-based browser. I don’t use it much, but it has worked a few times in the past in these cases.

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    Still no Flash??? WTF

    If they’re waiting for Flash to die, they’ve got at least another 5 years.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, nothing comes close to Dolphin for Pad.

    Forget phones, Dolphin already has that.  Let’s see the browser wars for tablets pick up.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Flash or it ain’t happenin

  • EC8CH

    This reminds me…

    When is Google going to improve the stock browser?

    Love Chrome on my desktop, but the android browser feels a bit too stripped down.

    • Tennessee Jed

      Absolutely agree…it is mindboggling why Google doesn’t make a Chrome Mobile!

      FWIW, I use Miren, and I’ve used them all.

    • Anonymous

      Chrome for Mobile would be awesome! +1

  • Anonymous

    Lol But no Flash right? Oh.. Okay. Second.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Haven’t you heard? Flash is a battery killer ;-)

      • Anonymous

        so is AIDS but Magic Johnson cured it.

      • Anonymous

        so is AIDS but Magic Johnson cured it.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome