New Firefox for Android now available

Mozilla announces Android update for its popular Firefox browser

Mozilla has just announced a new version of Firefox for Android on its blog. The updated version of its mobile browser is available to download here from the Play Store. Mozilla’s browser competes with the likes of Dolphin Browser (new Beta available here) and Google’s own Chrome browser, which could see some enhancements announced at Google I/O 2012, which starts tomorrow.

Mozilla Firefox Android Browser

Improved Experience

Naturally, speed and user experience are the main areas that Mozilla has focused on for the upgrade of its mobile browser, as the blog post tells us: 

You’ll notice dramatic performance improvements that make Firefox on your Android phone super fast with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming and Web app performance

Of course, the figures shown on the Mozilla Blog (and pictured below) suggest its new and improved Firefox Browser is nearly 20% quicker than its nearest competitor (Opera Browser) in terms of rendering time on a Galaxy Nexus, but we’ll wait to see some independent speed tests come out before we make judgement.

As well as improved speed, a range of new features have been added to Firefox for Android. New HTML5 capabilities are now included, as is support for Flash. Mozilla has made a complete redesign of the user interfacem including a new personalized start page. A range of bugs have also been resolved. Let us know in the comments if you decide to give the update a try, or which browser you’ll be sticking to instead.

Firefox for Android benchmark results