Firefox Mobile for Android devices now available for download

firefox-androidThe maker of the popular Internet browser, Mozilla, has released the mobile version of the Firefox, called Fennec, for Android devices, with support for additional devices to come in the coming months.

Mozilla Mobile for Android is available to download from the Firefox website as it is in beta, so it’s not yet available in the Android Market just yet.

Firefox mobile, or Fennec, however you’d like to call it, brings many advanced features that you already have on your PC version of the browser.

You should find the browser to be very functional and seamless when visiting websites as it supports HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS5 web standards.

 However, as there is currently no full Adobe Flash support on Android, Flash videos are grayed out and cannot be played within the browser.

Swipping all the way to the left within the browser brings up the Tabs menu, which shows all of the current tabs you have opened, making it simple to switch between sites.

Swiping all the way to the right brings up the Navigation menu and settings menu where you could manage downloads.

You could now double tap to zoom in or zoom in by pinch to zoom, and even use gestures to move back and forward between web pages you’ve already navigated.

Mozila mobile also makes sharing content you find on websites easy, by adding the ability to tap and on hold on a picture, for example, which brings up a menu of how you could share the content, like by sending an email.

One of the more important features Mozilla mobile supports is the Add-ons feature, the same feature already available on the PC version, that allows developers to upload plugins and themes of the browser to allow users to add additional functionality and customization. You can easily download, install, and manage plugins directly from the mobile version.

People who already use the PC version of Firefox will be pleased to know the mobile version is able to sync with your PC version, bringing all of those Bookmarks you’ve amassed on your PC, straight to your mobile device running Firefox mobile.

You can download Firefox 4 Beta1 for Android here.

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  • Gary

    By full Adobe Flash support, I assume you mean not every phone has it – because many phones do have full flash support (I have the Droid which is running Froyo with Flash 10.1).

  • Sorin

    I hope it works on all devices with Android operating system.

  • Daemon95131

    I don’t see the point. This is like installing IE9 on an iPhone… with the added benefit of losing Flash.


  • Brian M

    doesnt work. plus it’s HUUUGE!!! 29.33 MB installed!! Crazy…

  • android widget

    This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article.

  • Callydavies

    Works really slow on my Evo, prefer Opera.

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