Firefox 4.0 For Android, Maemo

Mozilla has introduced the first beta of Firefox 4.0 for both Google Android and Nokia’s Maemo. Firefox beta for mobile boasts many of Firefox desktop features like Firefox Sync, Add-ons and the Awesome Bar. Codenamed Fennec 2.0, the mobile open source browser is built on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop customers, just optimized for browsing on a mobile device.” It uses the latest Firefox Javascript engine – including the new JagerMonkey extension. f4b1 “A major focus of this release is to increase performance and responsiveness. Two of the big architecture changes are Electrolysis and Layers. Our alpha contained Electrolysis which allowed the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content, resulting in a much more responsive browser. This beta brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.” With Firefox Sync, you can take your browsing history, bookmarks, tabs, passwords and form-fill data with you anywhere so you never have to retype passwords or long URLs again. Your Firefox data is completely encrypted end-to-end between your computers so that only you have access to it. This release also features pinch-to-zoom, which is now supported on multitouch-capable devices, and the Awesome Screen instantly gives you access to your recent history, bookmarks and tabs just by tapping in the Awesome Bar. “Developers have the power to use the latest Web technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to to build fast, powerful and beautiful mobile apps and add-ons that can reach millions of devices,” Mozilla says in its blog.

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