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New Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo is Faster than Ever

February 2nd, 2011

We are excited to release the latest Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo. You can get Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta from the Android Market to test on your Google Android device or go here to get Firefox 4 Beta on your Nokia Maemo device. This release is the fastest performing Firefox 4 Beta for mobile yet. You will notice faster start-up, page load times and responsiveness to panning and zooming. The Firefox Mobile Add-ons Gallery also offers more than 100 add-ons to customize the features, functionality and look of your Web experience.

You can watch this video to see some of the popular Firefox 4 Beta for mobile features in action.

In response to valuable feedback from the previous beta, this release greatly enhances performance. Our recent tests on JavaScript benchmarks show Firefox 4 Beta is faster than the stock Android browser; roughly three times faster on Kraken, about twice as fast on SunSpider and slightly faster on V8. Everything from start-up time and page load time to responsiveness and panning and zooming are snappy in this release. Other advancements in this release include increasing stability, reducing installation memory usage, improving readability with zooming, and fixing some keyboard issues.

Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo delivers the Firefox experience, complete with performance, customization and security users expect, to mobile devices. Firefox 4 Beta for mobile is built on the same technology platform as Firefox 4 for the desktop, optimized for browsing on a mobile device. It includes features like Firefox Sync, Add-ons and the Awesome Screen, to give users a personalized and effortless mobile browsing experience. Firefox Sync is integrated into Firefox 4 Beta to synchronize history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple computers and mobile devices, delivering one seamless Web experience with minimal typing.

The growing Mobile Add-ons Gallery offers more than 100 add-ons to customize the features, functionality and look of Firefox. Developers can now create mobile add-ons for Firefox that allow a user easily install and use that add-on without the need to restart their browser. With Firefox 4 Beta for mobile, developers can use the latest Web technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to build fast, powerful and beautiful mobile apps and add-ons that can reach millions of people. Firefox 4 Beta already has many useful mobile add-ons to choose from and we can’t wait to see what developers build next.

We were able to accomplish many great additions and improvements in this release thanks to the feedback from our beta testers. As we continue to work on adding features and enhancing performance, we need help from our beta testers to build the best Firefox.

  • Give feedback – Tap on Give Feedback on the Firefox for mobile Start page
  • Get Help – Ask a question and get answers with Firefox for mobile Support
  • See the release notes for a full list of features, updates and improvements included in this release.