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Firefox for Tablets Gets a Brief Preview

I. Want. This. Now.  Yes Firefox, you have impressed me enough in a single preview post of your tablet-specific browser that I feel like I can no longer live without it and I don’t even have it yet.

In a blog post by one of Firefox Mobile’s developers, we get a look at the UI decisions that have been made for their tablet browser, along with some of the goodies that have carried over from the phone version.  The Awesomebar is included, a new tablet theme, and top/side tabs depending on which way you are holding your tablet.  This looks impressive.  And at this point, anything is better than the stock, crashmaster Honeycomb browser, right?  

Landscape and Portrait Modes:

Awesomebar:

Just guessing, but would doubt that this will have Flash support.  Since the phone version doesn’t, I cannot imagine that they would all of a sudden see the light and take their tablet version into the light.

Other than Flash, anyone else as excited to try this out as I am?

Via:  Ian Barlow, Android Central

  • H Simpson

    Oh yeah, well my dad’s a better bowler than your dad!

  • Anonymous

    is the tab bar always at the side of the screen when in landscape or do you have to swipe for it like in the phone version? if its always there I would imagine finding that irritating.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Anonymous

    Opera is all I need.

  • Kixofmyg0t

    No flash? I WANT IT NOW!

    I personally do not care about flash. HTML5 FTW.

  • Anonymous

    I use Mozilla’s browser on my desktop, but the mobile version on Android is so horrendous (often completely locking up my DroidX) that I cannot imagine why they’re trying to push out a tablet version before dealing with the aforementioned.

  • Anonymous

    Other than the input lag on the stock browser, I really have no complaints about it.  This FF looks just as bloated as their desktop browser.

  • Stelv81

    Why does firefox not include flash in their mobile platforms? Is there some sort of licensing problem. Seriously it’s sad that adobe is dominating video and graphics with flash, but it is what it is. One does not want to limit themselves when browsing the web, especially when there are like 5 other apps that support flash. Mozilla use to be a good company but are going down the wrong path here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000395370412 Logan Lopez

    Last time i checked, Chrome is made by google and it is, imo, the best browser out there.  So why are we stuck with a crappy browser on android.  I love how Chrome and Firefox (maybe others) sync with each other on different computers.  I do believe firefox does as well for smartphones and tables.  Why isn’t this feature on the default browser?  Or better yet, why isn’t there a Chrome app that can act as an add on for the default browser to, if nothing else, sync things like bookmarks and certain settings.

    Maybe i am just crazy, but i have thought about switching to firefox for this very reason.

    • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

      I’m dying for this feature as well… unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get it to work with my desktop and phone (D3) versions of this app. I have at least 50 folders for my bookmarks, so I’m thinking that is what is throwing off the sync. It’s a shame too. This idea has so much potential.

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

    Why cant they just add flash? They will produce a second rate browser experience until Flash is integrated.

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

    That looks awesome.  I just don’t get their lack of Flash support.

  • Granted

    Normally I would jump all over anything Mozilla, seeing as that’s all I use on my HP Pavilion and my iMac, but the decision to not add flash to the tablet version, well, it is something I’ll have to pass on. I’m assuming they didn’t include Flash, for security reasons, if not, I’m stumped as to why they wouldn’t add it.

    And not having Flash is the reason I just primarily use Dolphin HD on my DROIDX.

  • Doug Hefernen

    This will be $99 in 5,4,3,2…..

  • Larry

    If it doesn’t support Flash, then it isn’t even worth talking about. Next.

  • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

    On a side note, I would like to be able to uninstall programs like Browser and maybe gmail without rooting. Just a thought.

  • Anonymous

    Without flash? Nope!

  • Anonymous

    It will have to bring some serious awesomesauce to replace Dolpin for Pad.

  • Anonymous

    I’m quite happy with Dolphin HD on my Transformer thank you!

  • Bdawk20

    Android without flash support is like saying I want a nexus with moto blur on it

    • Mike

      Whoa, a Blur joke. That’s hilarious and new.

      • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

        Woah, sarcasm. You’re a lame ass.

        • Anonymous

          You’re a dipshit.

          • H Simpson

            Oh yeah, well my dad’s a better bowler than your dad!

          • Anonymous

            Doubt it.

        • Anonymous

          I dont think he was being sarcastic. I dont recall hearing any blur jokes…

  • Anonymous

    Just to clarify, they can’t do Flash because of how app permissions are set up in Android – you can’t directly interface between apps like that (it would require root). The reason Dolphin and other browsers have Flash is because all they do is skin the base Android web rendering engine, which is a system service that is allowed access to other apps.

    If you really need flash you can use Dolphin but overall Firefox is a better browser because it has a better UI for dealing with tabs and logins as well as Sync for desktop Firefox users (unlike LastPass/Xmarks which you have to pay for on mobile).

    • Mike

      That’s a cop-out mainly because even if other browsers are merely “skinning” the Android browser, they provide all the functionality of Firefox (Dolphin has tabs, add-on,s themes, etc) and still provide an awesome experience.

      Given that, what is Firefox’s excuse? Oh, we wanted to bring the PC browser to mobile? Please. If it doesn’t have flash, and is still recognized as a mobile browser, and not a PC browser, then why bother? Mozilla really screwed the pooch on this one, and hurt their brand a ton within the Android space. Hopefully they’ll be able to come back, but I doubt it. The PC space isn’t looking too good either, considering Chrome is rising fast. It looks like Firefox truly is Netscape’s spawn, and will be left in the dust like it too.

    • Granted

      Aah, good to know, thanks for clarifying.

    • Mctypething

      How much different of a UI do you need for a browser? It doesn’t take a lot to make it work. Your UI is the internet, not the bells and whistles. Besides, Dolphin for Pad does everything you mention that Firefix does, but it supports Flash. I don’t care how they get there, but Flash is absolutely necessary if you’re in the Android browser game. Why is anyone even talking about a browser that doesn’t support Flash?

  • StormbladeX69

    Looks cool. Glad your post doesn’t have info about Landscape/Portrait mixed up like Phandroid does. LMAO!

  • Mctypething

    Why would anyone want a browser that doesn’t support Flash? I’ll stick with Dolphin Pad.

  • Anonymous

    Fix the mobile version first!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Slightly related question….has anyone else noticed a few apps disappearing from the market/my apps list on your tablets?  For me, it’s Facebook and a game called Majesty.  Noticed I hadn’t seen updates for them in a while, went looking, and they aren’t visible in either place.  Strangeness.

    Also, I want to encourage people to click a few ads today, as a sign of mutual respect, since DL heard the community and killed the full page ads!

    • Anonymous

      Good idea, just clicked a few. I love me some droid-life.

    • James_Ever

      I’ve noticed the same thing as my apps have been disappearing daily from the market. Social apps, gone, home replacements gone. Don’t know what the problem is yet.

      • Anonymous

        Booo.  I’m tempted to try deleting one and checking if it’s just too many versions back from the market version or some such thing, but I’m nervous that I’ll just be screwing myself.

        • Anonymous

          If your not rooted, Just back it up with something like ASTRO or SYSTEMPANEL before u delete, just in case……they both have built in app-backup features….ASTRO has saved me a lot of frustration bc if an app update is shitty or buggy u can always revert back 2 the previous version

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

    No Flash support, no thank you. If I didn’t want Flash I’d have an i*hone or i*ad.

    • Mack

      iPhone, iPad. iHone…did you mean iHome? iAd…are we talking about their ad service??

      I’m an Android guy, but really??

      • Anonymous

        Whenever Kellex mentions the “i” anything in a post he leaves out the “p”. He’s been doing it since day one and it has become kind of a site theme. heck I even do it on other sites!