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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android/Maemo

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Mozilla has released the first beta of its Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo. The browser is based on the Firefox 4 core and should be released in the same time frame as the big brother.

    The mobile browser, which is arguably the most advanced browser for smartphones available today, includes Firefox Sync, a cloud feature that enables users to sync browsing history, passwords, form-fill data and bookmarks, as well as open tabs.

    There is also the Awesome Screen that is designed to minimize typing requirements on smartphones, as well as tabbed thumbnail browsing. There are even some performance-enhancing features such as Electrolysis, which increases performance by rendering the browser interface and content separately, as well as Layers, which Mozilla claims improve the performance of graphics-intensive tasks such as scrolling, zooming and animation.

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    The Firefox Sync is very cool. To be able to have your bookmarks everywhere you go is good stuff!

    My favorite browser (xScope) released xScope 6 and it's still has nice features, but it's way freaking bloated. It went from an absolute kick *** browser to a cool browser that cause my phone to become sluggish sometimes if I don't close it when I'm finished using it. (didn't always do that as it didn't matter) Hopefully the new Firefox will eliminate the need for it.
  2. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    You can still download the old version of xscope.
  3. Sam I Am

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    I was trying too, but was having trouble with it. I'm going to have to install Firefox 4 for Android. I'm liking the PC version of it and the sync is a great idea. Panorama is nice too though I wouldn't use that on my phone.
  4. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    I'm in the process of putting this beta version on my phone now, just have to clear up some space.
  5. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    From what I played around with it so far, you can definitely tell its the beta version. It's force closed on me a few times within the first 10 minutes.
  6. Sam I Am

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    I just did too. It's a little heavy. The fonts initial rendering is piss poor, but it straightens up after the page finishes. Thats got to get fixed. They need to remove some of the bloat too; it's way to large and sluggish.

    The pinch zoom works, but just moving around the screen causes it to do stuff when you don't want it too.

    Damn skippy it's beta. :laugh2:

    Edit: I haven't had to crash on me yet, but then I haven't really used it much. I loaded CZ and thats about it.

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