Firefox Adds Beta Channel to Android App with 5.0

Mozilla recently released the beta version of Firefox 5.0, and with it they've added the option to install a beta channel of the Android app to the Android Market. The beta channel will be used to debug new features to come at the price of a potentially buggier version of the mobile version of Firefox. This first beta version, now that Firefox 4.0 is officially a stable release on Android, introduces several of the new features also introduced in the 5.0 beta for desktop.

Google April fools jokes still going? Type Tilt in your mobile browser

So of all people and blogs, Google is known to love and enjoy April Fools Day. They had all sorts of weird stories up this year. If you happened to catch any of them, this year they were good. From the kinect-like Gmail Motion thing, to entering the font "comic sans" in your browser search bar and everything came back in comic sans font. Today it looks like someone at Google is still having fun.

Firefox 4.0 for Android Download Available Now

Behold the newest version of Firefox for Android, Firefox 4, or 4.0 if you prefer, a browser that Mozilla is saying is clocking in at three times the speed of Android's stock browser. They say there's JavaScript engine tweaks (this is what'd make it much faster,) tabbed browsing (I hope so!), Firefox Sync, and yes, add ons! They've added an official walkthrough video of the new features and we've got it for you here below - descend upon it while you download the massive 13MB file from the Android Market! Included in this new release is Firefox Sync, a sister that pulls all your desktop bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, form data, and passwords to your mobile version, back to your desktop version, and back and forth again forever into infinity! This means you'll only have to log into YouTube or Facebook in one place and you'll be good to go anywhere you go! We're happy there's some HTML5 support in the mix, but sad to see a lack of Flash support. Surely this will be cooked up soon. [youtube 5hm_7JOU6Jw] Oddly enough, this new version is also being offered up for Maemo, a Nokia software platform also made for mobile devices. Check out the big list of new items here in this official release, take a peek at that video, then check your download because if it's not done by now, you're not on a fast enough network - truth! [gallery]
What’s New in Firefox for Android and Maemo: Streamlined Interface Focus on Web content: Features like tabs, one-touch bookmarking and browser controls that stow away when not in use help users focus on the websites they visit Browse More, Type Less Awesome Screen: Type less with easy access to history, bookmarks and open tabs Save to PDF: Capture important websites, like directions or a boarding pass, to view offline Share Page: Share websites via apps like email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and more Add Search Engine: Customize your search engine list. Private and Secure Synchronization Firefox Sync: Access Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple computers and mobile devices with secure end-to-end encryption Most Customizable: Firefox offers thousands of ways for users to customize the features, functionality and look of their mobile Web browser with Firefox Add-ons Cutting Edge Tools for Web Developers: Firefox improves existing tools like CSS, Canvas and SVG to enable developers to make exciting Web pages HTML5 support in Firefox for Android and Maemo includes Location-Aware Browsing, device orientation, accelerometer, desktop notifications and more. The JavaScript engine incorporates the new JägerMonkey JIT compiler, along with enhancements to the existing TraceMonkey JIT and SpiderMonkey’s interpreter for faster page-load speed and better performance of Web apps and games

Opera Mobile & Mini Browsers get updated for Android, Reviewed on Xoom

The makers of the popular Opera browser have been busy making their browser quick, stable, and silky smooth. Lately they have included some huge changes that are sure to make things interesting in the Android browser wars. Today Opera has updated both versions and are available in the Android Market. Huge improvements such as hardware acceleration make Opera Mobile extremely smooth. We have some hands-on with the Motorola Xoom below.

Get the Faster, more stable Firefox 4 Beta in the Android Market now

Get the latest and greatest Firefox 4 Beta for Android. Mozilla has been hard at work making the mobile version of their highly popular Firefox Browser ready for prime time on mobile phones. The latest beta 4 released yesterday has many changes and performance enhancements. This release was also primarily focused on continuing to improve stability and performance.

LG Optimus 2X takes on iPhone 4 in browser test [Video]

A new Korean video comparing the browser performance of the iPhone 4 and the LG Optimus 2X has emerged, and although it's not exactly scientific, the Android smartphone does seem to render faster than its Apple rival. The Tegra 2 smartphone is expected to make its debut at CES 2011 this week. Apple's mobile internet experience has become the de-facto standard by which smartphone browsers are judged, for many users, so this strong performance by the Optimus 2X leaves us hopeful. Still, without knowing the background to the test - such as what connection each phone was using, whether pages had been cached, or other details - it's hard to draw any more comprehensive conclusions. [youtube w4tCELluqn8] [via Android Arena]

Opera Demos Android Tablet-Specific Browser

This year's CES is definitely going to be focused on tablets, and the Opera team is hard at work bringing their web browser to the Android tablet market. Their new browser, is named Opera for Tablets has the same general UI and feel as we would expect from the company. They have even released a promotional video of the browser in action. And from the looks of things, it's very fast and far more impressive than the stock browser available on tablets now. Check out the video demonstration below: [youtube]a1pnuXZVfyk[/youtube] [Via Opera]

Firefox 4 Beta Now Available in the Android Market

It's been quite the journey for the Firefox (originally Fennec) Mobile Browser for Android. It has been in beta and available for direct download from Mozilla for a few months now, but, to make things easier, it is now available in the Android Market along with some improvements.

Skyfire 3.0 launches with Facebook Connect

Skyfire 3.0 has just launched and if you are a big fan of the original app, the new one has a few new features you will really like. This is the app that was so popular with iPhone users for bringing Flash support. Android users already had Flash so that wasn't a big deal.
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