Mozilla Releases Firefox 9 for Android

Mozilla released latest version of its web browser, Firefox 9, couples of days ago and now the company has released Firefox for Android as well. It is also numbered as version 9 and features a completely new user interface and faster startup times.

The announcement is made on the Mozilla’s official blog, where the company also gives the description of the Firefox for Android and also discusses the new available features and improvements.

The most prominent change made in the recent release is a completely new user interface (UI) for tablets – tabs are now appearing on the left in the form of thumbnails, while user can browse Internet on the right. Users can now swipe left to hide the column of tabs, if you want to experience the full screen of your web pages. In portrait mode, the column will automatically hide itself. In addition to this, there is also a new Action Bar menu located on the right of the Awesome Bar from where one can access common actions and other related settings.

Mozilla also claims that the Firefox 9 for Android also has a faster startup time. Furthermore, developers for mobile apps can also make use of Camera input support so they can get access to the device’s camera for use on websites.

From Android Market:

What’s in this version:

  • New tablet UI and features
  • Faster start-up time
  • Camera input support: developers can integrate camera functionality directly in Web sites
  • HTML5 form validation
  • More: www.mozilla.org/mobile/9.0/releasenotes

To check the claims made by Mozilla, we have tested the Firefox 9 on Galaxy S II running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread – it works perfectly as claimed. However, it is not as faster to load web pages as the stock browser.

But still the new features, such as Firefox Sync, the ability to install plug-ins and a user-friendly interface make this update a feasible alternative of the stock browser that is worth try.

For those who are keen to give Firefox 9 for Android a try, it is available for free in the Android Market. Click on the link below to download it on your Android-powered device. Don’t forget to inform us about your experience of using it.

Download Firefox 9 for Android [Market Link]

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