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FFH5
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

[FireFox] FF for Android gets Flash, HTML5, & faster

»www.engadget.com/2012/06/26/nati···nd-a-fr/

After a brief stretch in beta followed by some vague teasing, Firefox's native Android app update is finally set to hit Google Play. While there are a raft of bells and whistles -- a new welcome page, curvy Australis tabs, Flash and HTML5 support, for starters -- it's the browser's newfound speed that is getting the MVP treatment.

Mozilla claims it built Firefox to a new benchmark it developed called Eideticker, resulting in an overall browser experience twice as fast as the stock Android one. As advertised, initial loading is quasi-instant, and navigation, zooming and tab switching seemed smooth as well, even on the two-gen-old phone.

Feature-wise, preferences and other desktop settings imported easily with Firefox Sync's shared password system, and the unfortunately named "Awesome Screen" is the new home page shown above, from which it's fairly simple to launch your preferred sites. Flash and HTML5 generally displayed correctly despite a few minor rendering bugs, and the curved tabs and other design touches make it one of the more elegant Android browsers we've played with.

Unfortunately, many sites display in full because they don't yet detect Firefox as a mobile app, but the installation of the Phony 3.2 add-in lets it impersonate other smartphone browsers, and it seemed to work well.

It is supposed to hit the Google Play app store sometime today.


Skipdawg
The Original
Premium,ExMod 2001-03
join:2001-04-19
Mount Vernon, WA
Just updated mine. Is showing verion 14. Will play with it later.


DataDoc
My avatar looks like me, if I was 2D.
Premium
join:2000-05-14
Martinsburg, WV
reply to FFH5
Not compatible with my Transformer Prime TF201.


EvilByDesire
I Am My Own God
Premium
join:2002-09-03
Grotto
reply to FFH5
crashed multiple times on launch, droid x2

Reimer

join:2006-08-14
Toronto, ON
reply to FFH5
Crashed a bunch of times here too. Will stick with Chrome or the stock browser. I prefer the text rendering on Chrome anyway.


capdjq
Premium
join:2000-11-01
Vancouver

1 edit
reply to FFH5
I prefer Chrome with Android and Firefox with PC.

Edit: Where is the Browser. Version 14 opens with a full scale Google Search.


Vamp
5c077
Premium
join:2003-01-28
MD
kudos:1
reply to FFH5
yeah chrome is still a far better experience on android
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