As the war for mobile browser heats up, Firefox mobile development team has upgraded its Firefox Mobile from alpha status to Firefox 4 Beta 1 release. Similar to Firefox Mobile 4 alpha version, the latest version of Firefox Mobile 4 Beta 1 is also built on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop and is packed with similar features like Firefox Sync, add-ons and the Awesome Bar. This beta release has added the layers technologies for improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.
New features of the Firefox 4 beta 1 for Android and Maemo includes:
- Shipping with many of favorite Firefox desktop features like Firefox Sync, Add-ons and the Awesome Bar.
- Includes a technology called “Layers” for improves performance in graphic intensive actions like scrolling, zooming and animations.
- Able to synchronize Firefox history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data between desktop and mobile.
- Offers add-ons features that let the users to change or add features, functionality and the look of Firefox to fit their browsing lifestyle.
- Personalized Start Page for instant access to Firefox desktop tabs which the users had open last time were browsing on their phone.
- Awesome Screen pops up just by tapping on the Awesome Bar (location bar).
- Touch friendly user interface.
- Speed and responsiveness with two major technologies, “Electrolysis” and “Layers”.
The Firefox 4 beta 1 for Android and Maemo is now available for free download on your Android device or Nokia N900 by visiting firefox.com/m/beta. For those who interested to download Firefox 4 beta 1 to their PC in order to test, provide feedback and build add-ons, just head to the following URL to access official Firefox 4 beta 1 download directly.
Windows – http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mobile/releases/4.0b1-real/win32-i686/fennec-4.0b1.en-US.win32.zip
Mac OS X – http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mobile/releases/4.0b1-real/macosx-i686/fennec-4.0b1.en-US.mac.dmg
Linux – http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mobile/releases/4.0b1-real/linux-i686/fennec-4.0b1.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2