After a successful alpha test, Mozilla has finally released Firefox 4 beta for mobile devices like Android and Maemo. The mobile version preserves all the qualities of the desktop Firefox like Synchronization, Add-on’s and Awesome bar, but at the same time has been fully optimized for the mobile platform.
The alpha version, named as “Fennec” which got released in August, has been improved with noticeable changes to deliver better web experience.
One among the various offered features is Synchronization which offers seamless activity between desktop and mobile version of Firefox. Any change made in the desktop browser will be imported in the mobile and vice versa. The company has laid more attention to performance and responsiveness by modifying the browsers architecture with inclusions like Electrolysis and Layers. Electrolysis serves to segregate the browser interface with the web content to increase responsiveness. It was previously present in the alpha version. Layers, on the other hand, is newly added in the beta to enhance the graphics display like scrolling, zoom-in, zoom-out and animations. The beta version also features pinch-to-zoom and the Awesome Screen which provides instant access to recent history, bookmarks and tabs just by tapping in the Awesome Bar.
Firefox 4 Mobile is compatible with Android 2.0 and above, as well as Maemo on the Nokia N900. Providing so many features, this beta version definitely deserves a test run. Both the mobile versions are available for free download on the Official Mozilla Website.
[Source : Mozilla blog]