Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular desktop browser and recently it was made available for Android devices as well. But till now it was available for latest ARM v7 based processors only. So if you owned any mid-range Android phone then most probably it can not run the Mozilla Firefox for Android. But now to increase its user base Mozilla is now looking to release an ARM v6 based version of its mobile browser.
The final version is not available yet but you can try out the nightly builds which are available here. Nightly builds are not defect free. But that won’t be a problem for people who are eager to try it out on their phone. Apart from the default stock browser I am using Dolphin and Opera on my phone. Dolphin is good for high speed connections and Opera works well for 2G connections. I tried using Firefox over 2G as well as Wi-Fi connection. Over Wi-Fi it was working smoothly. No glitches while rendering. Though form fields were little messed up at times. But it being a nightly build it was acceptable. It took more than usual time to load pages in slow connection. Rendering engine is same as what is used in desktop versions.
Over all the user interface is nice and easy to use. I would love to see “Landscape only” option added to it. Switching between tabs was never so easy before. I was able to load TipsFromGeek properly which is having a heavy design considering mobile browsers. If you are already using Firefox on your desktop then Firefox Sync can be a savior. Apart from this the other noticeable features are Save as PDF, Share, Reading List, Request Desktop site . With “Save as PDF” you can save any web page as a PDF and read it later. The new “Share” option allows you to quickly share things using other applications on your phone.
Firefox Add-on gallery is the bonus. There aren’t many useful add-ons as of now but looking at its current growth definitely there will be many more options very soon. Hoping to see its final release pretty soon. Till then Dolphin stays default on my phone ;).
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