The people running the Android operating systems on their mobile phone have the access to a large number of internet browsers on their smartphones the best and most used one being the Opera Mini browser. Not too long ago Mozilla Firefox the self-acclaimed second fastest browser in the world has also joined the league of such browsers and launched its own version for the Android and Maemo platforms- the fastest growing mobile phone brands in the market right now. The latest addition to the Mozilla adobe is the beta version for the Firefox 4 the latest in browsing from Mozilla Corporation. So, exactly what does the new version of the software does for you let us try to take a closer look?
We all know that the browser must support multitouch capability and multitouch it is- not that the previous version did not support the multitouch capability it very well did but this one is enhancing the capability to the next level. With the new version you can swipe to the left or right of your screen to access your tabs, browser controls and tools, which are stowed out of the way while you browse the Web. Typing on a phone is hard, that’s why you can bookmark a site with one tap, view tabs as thumbnails to easily see and open the page you want, and use the Awesome Screen to get to where you want to go in just a few a keystrokes.
Some of the real highlights about features of the browser include:
- Pinch-to-zoom (Android), double-tap, or use the volume rocker (Nokia N900) to zoom in and out
- Tabbed browsing in thumbnail view lets you easily see and open the site you want
- Location-Aware Browsing gives you content and info relevant to your location
- Find in Page in the Site Menu lets you quickly find text on the webpage
- Share Page in the Site Menu lets you send content to email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader
- Forget Password in the Site Menu tells a website you no longer trust to forget your private data
- Add Search Engine in the Site Menu lets you quickly add a new search engine to your Awesome Screen
- Context Menu lets you Open in New Tab and Share by long tapping and holding a link
- Smart Tapping lets you tap on links, widgets and other Web content with accuracy
- Password Manager lets you choose to remember site password to avoid typing
The browser shall require around 40 MB of internal storage although the company has planned to to reduce this to 20 MB or less. Like all Android NDK apps, Firefox must copy its native libraries out of the APK file before loading them, so they end up installed twice. Another problem with the new technology is the text wrapping the text does not wrap to fit the screen after zooming in, as it does in the Android browser. The Easy Reading add-on has some proof-of-concept code to do this.
To download Firefox 4 Mobile beta 1 on your android or maermo, visit https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/beta/. So, Android heroes Happy Firefoxing!!
Firefox 4 Mobile Beta 1 Video: