Mozilla Launches Fast and Powerful Upgrade to FireFox for Android


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Jan 5, 2011

Mozilla just issued a press release sharing that their newest version of Firefox for Android is out. Supposedly, the new version has a number of updates and fixes that improve its speed amongst some other improvements and enhancements. Here's the full press release below, followed be a link the the Google Play Store for you to try it:

Mozilla Launches a Speedy and Powerful Upgrade to Mobile Browsing with Firefox for Android

As a pioneer of the Web, Mozilla unlocked the Web experience on the desktop with Firefox and we are doing it again in mobile. We’re proud to announce a new Firefox for Android is now available for download in the Google Play store. The new Firefox for Android is a snappy and dynamic upgrade to mobile browsing that makes it faster and easier to get where you want to go on the Web.

Super Fast

We redesigned Firefox for Android to make it a screaming fast and personalized upgrade to mobile browsing that lets you take your Web experience everywhere you go. You’ll notice dramatic performance improvements that make Firefox on your Android phone super fast with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming and Web app performance when you just want to play Mozilla’s BrowserQuest game with your friends.

Firefox for Android is significantly faster than the stock browser that ships on Android phones according to the leading industry benchmarks, such as Sunspider. In addition, we developed a new benchmark, called Eideticker, that measures the actual user Web experience and we built Firefox for Android to it, yielding an experience that is two times faster than the stock browser.

Upgrade to Mobile Browsing

Firefox for Android has a fresh, streamlined look with a personalized start page that saves you time getting where you want to go on the Web. The new Awesome Screen powered by Firefox Sync delivers all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and form data to your Android phone. We also optimized your favorite features like tabbed browsing, Firefox Sync and Firefox Add-ons to deliver the best mobile browsing experience possible.

Firefox for Android supports Flash so you can watch videos, play games and interact with more Web content on your Android phone.

Based on the same open technology platform as the desktop version of Firefox, Firefox for Android offers the highest level of privacy and security features in mobile browsing. Firefox respects your privacy and protects your security with features like Do Not Track, Master Password, HTTP Strict Transport Security and more.

Upgrade to the Web Platform

New HTML5 capabilities in Firefox for Android enable developers to create rich Web apps and websites based on HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and other open Web standards. As the advocate for the Web, Mozilla exposes new Web APIs and submits them to standards groups to move the Web forward as a platform. Among the standards that Mozilla helped build are Camera API, Vibration API, Mobile Connection API, Battery Status API, Screen Orientation API and Geolocation API.

You can play Mozilla’s HTML5 BrowserQuest multi-player role playing game across desktop and mobile Web experiences to see just how powerful, fast and fun the Web can be.

Source: Google Play Store - Mozilla Firefox


Jun 27, 2012
This is good news! However, it does not work on all Android devices. Click here to see the list of supported devices. Basically the requirements are:

Firefox is available for Android 2.2 or higher. It requires:

  • A phone with an ARMv7 processor.
  • Approximately 17MB internal or SD storage. It runs best on devices with at least 512MB of RAM.

My Acer A500 is NOT on the list - BUGGER :mad:



Jan 15, 2012
I really want to like and use Firefox for Android since I use it on my desktop, but it has been nothing but complete garbage across the 7 devices I have attempted to run it on. I'm not sure why devices with identical specs but different branding cannot run it when the other can.

Get Dolphin HD. No issues with it at all even on my weakest device. Chrome is a POS as well if you ask me.