We’ve been following the journey of Firefox Mobile on Android since its “Fennec” days and keep wondering when it might see a build spicy enough for the Android Market. According to Matt Brubeck, one of the Firefox Engineers, the time is near as a new beta release should be available some time in December and will be downloadable through the market. In response to some poor AT&T customer who is unable to install 3rd party apps, Matt mentioned the following…
If it is, then you might be able to use the Android developer tool “adb” to install Firefox on your phone (search the web for instructions), or you can wait for our next beta release which should be available through the Market later this month.
Is everyone ready for an official Firefox? We’ve been through how many alphas, betas and test builds now? Can it compete with Dolphin, xScope and the rest of those well-established browser options?
How have we not asked this question yet? Shame on us. With so many quality options out there for your Android browsing pleasure, we’d love to hear what your favorite is. Is it Skyfire and their interesting take on Flash videos? Firefox and their ever-evolving mobile version? Dolphin, the standard? Is xScope the innovator? Or are we missing something fabulous altogether?
Let us know which browser you prefer, but beyond that, we want to know why it’s your favorite. Why is this the browser for you? If you could change anything in a browser, what would it be?
It looks like Mozilla is ready to ditch this odd Fennec name and start to align everything with the release of Firefox beta for mobile.
If you’ve been using the Fennec alpha that keeps auto-updating itself, you’ve actually been on “beta” for a couple of days now. In fact, if you keep your current Fennec and allow it to update, you’ll be on version 4.0b2pre which appears to be newer than this official Firefox beta. If you want the sweet Firefox logo though, you will need to uninstall Fennec and then go with this official version.
Visit the link below to download the first version of Firefox beta (4.0b1):
On Friday, the Director of Firefox tweeted about the newest build of Fennec, said that it “just got way awesome” and wasn’t joking. Not only is this latest build substantially faster than previous versions, it also prompts you for updates when they are released. Instead of having to try and keep up with the latest nightlies, simply install the version below and it’ll prompt you to update going forward. Can’t beat that right? Now if only Flash 10.1 would work with it.
Firefox Mobile or Fennec, hit official “alpha” today for all Android phones running at least version 2.0. While this is still a very early build, the Fennec team has decided that it is worthy of an announcement and some video action. I’ll also say that after just a few minutes of time with it, you can see that it has come a long way. What a great browser this is going to be.
Download it now by visiting this link from your phone’s browser.
We’ll probably never get over this browser kick that we’re on, especially when the guys working on Firefox mobile (Fennec) keep releaseing new builds and teasing us with future release dates. How does an official “alpha” sound? A “beta”? Neither are ready just yet, but the alpha should be within the the next “few weeks” and the beta should drop “this fall” according to one of their lead developers.
Some of the features already being ironed out…
Firefox Sync is now built in – sync tabs, bookmarks, and history from your computer to your phone, no add-on required!
The new Find In Page command is available through the site menu (or by pressing Control+F on a hardware keyboard).
You can now share links through Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, or email. (The final version of this feature will also let you send links using native Android or Maemo apps.)
Fennec 2 can use your phone’s address book to make it easy to enter phone numbers and email adresses into web forms. (This works on Maemo now; support for Android will be added later.)
We’re adding multi-touch gestures. Pinch zoom has landed for alpha; later releases will also include multi-touch swipe gestures to go to the top or bottom of the current page, or navigate between pages.
While Firefox was in the middle of showing off version 4 of their new web browser which features a fancy little feature called “Tab Candy” our readers were digging into their FTP site and finding new builds of Fennec for Android. As of July 24th, a new build is available and as you’ll see after installing it, is much more polished than the one we wrote about back in May.
This latest version might be 1000x more polished than the previous pre-alpha. While it still has miles to cover before it becomes official, you can really start to see this thing shaping up into quite the browser.
It should be noted that these nightly builds will not auto-update or prompt you to update; you will need to just continue to check back and download the newest version.