Mar 30, 2011
If you’ve been feeling like there’s a lack of browser options for Android, well, the party just increased by one. Finally out of Beta and ready to rock, Firefox 4 is available now on the Android Market.
Fast, easy to use and customizable, Mozilla’s browser is packed with features. You can sync your history, bookmarks, tabs, settings and passwords across all of your devices for a unified browsing experience. Plus, Firefox 4 runs on the same platform as the desktop version, so you can be sure you’re getting all of the speed and power of its bigger brother.
Another great thing about Firefox 4 for Android is that it supports add-ons, giving you the ability to customize it to suit your needs. Unfortunately, there’s no support for Adobe Flash at the moment. Mozilla states that it’s looking to add Flash in the future, they simply didn’t have enough time to get it ready for the launch of Firefox 4.
Firefox 4 takes advantage of all the screen space it can get by loading pages in the full screen and moving all of the browser’s controls to a hidden area just off-screen. To access the tab manager, simply swipe the screen to the right and the tab manager appears to the left. To bookmark a page, go back or forward or access settings, swipe to the left and the controls appear on the right. It’s that easy, with no on-screen button clutter or menu button presses required.
The release of Firefox 4 is sure to bring out the green-eyed monster in iOS users who have to make due with a version of the browser that relies on WebKit to be fully-functional. However, the lack of Adobe Flash support may raise a few eyebrows as that is one of the high points of having an Android-powered device. Also, there are reports of the browser crashing and taking a bit longer to load in the user reviews section of the Android Market.
This isn’t an app review, so I’ll reserve further judgment, but, in my personal experience, while Firefox 4 offers plenty of features and has some great ideas put into motion, there are parts of the browser that make me feel it isn’t quite ready for prime time. Let’s hope it sees plenty of improvements in future updates.
Source: The Mozilla Blog