Firefox Mobile 4.0 Brings Features Of The Desktop Computing Experience To Mobile Phones With A Tactile Twist by Dan Bialek
This week Mozilla launched their first-ever mobile version of their popular Firefox browser for Android smart phones. The new browser boasts a bunch of new features that you’d normally only find in a desktop web browser.
Firefox Mobile 4.0 for Android features a personalized start page that enables users to pick up where they left off during previous browsing sessions. This mobile browser can also link up with its Firefox desktop counterpart and synchronize their home or work computers’ Firefox history, bookmarks, passwords and form data with their phone.
Another cool the new Firefox Mobile 4.0 features is “tabbed browsing” that lets users open multiple pages at once using separate browser tabs. Users can screen swipe left and right to move between browser tabs and save themselves from having to open extra menus or pop-ups.
All of this browsing and swiping is sped up by the inclusion of new major mobile technologies that Mozilla calls “Electrolysis” and “Layers.” Mozilla’s website says these two innovations allow for more responsive and intense graphical interactions such as zooming and scrolling, as well as greatly improving the smoothness of screen animations.
All are welcome improvements to the mobile web experience. Firefox Mobile 4.0 for Android gives consumers the ability do almost as much on their phones as they can on their home computers and in some cases more. The browser also includes optional “location-aware” web surfing that can tailor a user’s internet experience according to their geographical location.
Firefox 4.0 for Android is available for free download at: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/