Nov 12, 2010
It’s been less than a month and already Firefox 4 Beta has been bumped to level 2. This newer beta has slimmed down to 17MB and loads pages 40% faster than Beta 1. Firefox 4 Beta’s greatest strength comes in its ability to synchronize your Firefox history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data between your desktop and mobile (I’m hoping Gingerbread will bring us synchronization with chrome). On the flip side, lack of Flash support seems to be one of Firefox 4 Beta’s biggest pitfalls.
If anything, we should all be thankful we are on Android and have these sort of choices. Firefox 4 Beta may not be for everyone but that’s what makes us all different and unique. I have no doubt the final build will be impressive but for me I still need to have Flash support so I don’t see myself using Firefox as my mobile browser anytime soon. For those of you who are on the opposite side of that fence here’s the complete list of additions and changes you will find with Firefox 4 Beta 2 and a link to where it can be downloaded.
- Reduced install size by 60% on Android.
- Page loads are now around 40% faster than in beta 1.
- Battery usage has been reduced.
- Fixed problems that would cause you to get a black screen when launching the app.
- Reduced memory footprint.
- Improved text spacing.
- Now localized in 10 languages.
- New theme.
- You can now undo closing a tab.
- The native Android sharing system is now used when you share a link.
- Desktop notifications are now supported.
- Finger friendly video controls.
- Content crashes will no longer take down the whole browser.
- Users will now be prompted to submit crash reports when the browser crashes.
- Beta tester tools for Android.
- Faster and more accurate multitouch zoom.
- Geolocation now works on Android.
Download: Firefox 4 Beta 2