Android App Video Review: Mozilla Firefox

Mar 30, 2011

Firefox 4 has finally been released for mobile phones. The browser is created by the well-known developers of the Firefox browser for PC (Mozilla) and looks to dominate the mobile space as well.

Firefox 4 Mobile wants to bring the mobile web to Android users in a way that puts the webpage at center stage. All other features work around the webpage with the goal of making sure the content is king. This is done by removing any extra options from the main screen. Users can swipe to the right to show available tabs or to the left to bookmark a page.

Just like the PC version, users can also experience the Awesome Bar on their phone with the Awesome Page. This page gives users instant access to their history, bookmarks, and quick searches. The app also comes with Firefox Sync which, when enabled, will sync over your saved passwords, history, open tabs, and bookmarks without any extra fuss.

One issue I noticed right away with the browser is that it sometimes will only use the basic mobile version of a page instead of a smartphone version. This can be seen when viewing pages like Google Reader. Overall though, this app was well-designed and definitely worth looking into if you are looking for a new browsing experience. It’s free in the Android Market so check it out.

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Erik Fikkert

With a heart for technology and its synergy with daily life, Erik has been involved in many different areas of media. He has composed music for film, designed branding for local companies and currently enjoys spending his days playing with iPhone apps and keeping up with the latest tech news.

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