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Firefox 4 for Mobile beta 5 released, try it on your Windows or Mac PC!

Not only is Firefox 4 for Mobile beta 5 ready to test on your Android or Maemo phone, but you can also download and run the browser on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC. The new beta brings a slew of fixes and spit-shines, and for the first time it almost feels finished -- just in time, considering the final release is due in the next week or two. There are now over 100 mobile add-ons -- but, of...

Hardware acceleration hits Fennec for Android, aka Firefox for Mobile

Fennec for Android, aka Firefox for Mobile, is coming on strong and while still very much in beta, shows enormous potential. Now hardware acceleration support has hit Fennec nightlies with OpenGL-powered compositing. While this isn't the first mention of hardware acceleration for an Android browser -- Opera has promised it sometime later -- this is the first implementation for the Mozilla...

The Future of the Web: behind the scenes of Firefox 4 Mobile with principal engineer Vladimir Vukićević

Just yesterday Mozilla released the first beta of Firefox 4 (Fennec) for Android and Maemo. We've reported on various versions of Firefox for Mobile, but this build is something else entirely -- this is actually Firefox 4, with the Fennec UI strapped on top. Externally, from an end-user point of view, this is business as usual: Mozilla has been trying to produce a working version of Fennec for...

Hands-on: Firefox 4 for Android is still very much Beta

The new Firefox 4 Beta for Android was released with a bit of fanfare, so I was quite excited to check it out. I'm sorry to say that having done so, I am now somewhat less excited. In fact, my Android device (an underpowered Acer Liquid E) is now sitting next to me, sans battery, cooling off. Firefox certainly made it work. In terms of UI, Firefox for Android looks very nice. They did use some...

Firefox Mobile 2.0 alpha (aka Fennec) hits Android and Maemo

Bleeding edge Firefox fans will be happy to know that an alpha version of Firefox mobile 2.0 (aka Fennec) has just landed on Android and Maemo devices. If you're running Android 2.0+, or if you've got a Nokia N900, you can download and test out the latest version of Mozilla's mobile browser right now. Highlights of Fennec 2 include navigating through tags via swiping gestures, rendering pages...

Firefox for Android development gets a boost as crash reporting goes live

If you're trying to work out bugs in a new application, automatic crash reports can be extremely helpful. It's the kind of thing that could really come in handy if you were trying to polish off a mobile version of a web browser, for example. Not suprisingly, the team at Mozilla feels the same way. In the latest nightly builds of Firefox for Android, crash reporting has been turned on. The...

Mozilla rebranding Weave as Firefox Sync... iPhone app coming?

Mozilla's getting ready to deliver yet another update to Weave. This time around it's about more than just adding speed and tidying up the user interface -- though those improvements are important. It looks as though Mozilla has decided it's time to clarify what Weave does, and to that end they're changing its name. Version 1.3b5 and forward will be known as Firefox Sync, which should make it...

Mozilla begins rolling nightly builds of Firefox for Android

Development on Firefox for Android continues to hum along, and today there's some great news for testers. Mozilla has flipped the switch on their nightly build machine -- giving you easy access to the latest compiles for your Android handset. Caveat emptor, says Mozilla's Stuart Parmenter. The browser is still buggy -- as you'd expect from an alpha version -- and may lock up your phone and...

Firefox Friday Five

After last week's positively snooze-worthy releases from Mozilla, this week has been much more exciting. Not only do we have tons of news from Mozilla Labs, but we also have new versions of Firefox to play around with AND some cool new add-ons! Let's start with the hot news that Lee broke earlier today: 1. Firefox 3.7 (or 4) will have a sexy new add-on manager It seems like there's a huge...

Firefox for Mobile pre-alpha lands on Android

Love Firefox on your desktop? Wishing your Android handset could run a Mozilla browser, too? Well, now it can -- probably, anyway! Mozilla developer Vladimir Vukićević has shared the news on his personal blog: a Fennec pre-alpha for Android has arrived. Vlad states that the build has only been tested (internally, anyway) on the Nexus One and Moto Droid. But hey, this is a pre-alpha...

Firefox for Android pre-release now available for download

Last week, we were following the rise of some mobile versions of Firefox (Maemo, Android) and the fall of others (Windows Mobile). This week, the much-talked-about Android edition of Mozilla's browser has hit Android forums as a pre-release download. It's not feature-complete yet, but it does have a bookmark manager and support some add-ons. If you want to be the first kid on your block to try...

Pre-alpha screenshots reveal progress on Firefox for Android

Mozilla's Firefox browser may not be available for Android yet, but they can prove they're working on it. Some screenshots of a pre-alpha version of the browser have slipped out, and they show the full Firefox interface instead of the mobile UI we've seen on Maemo devices. That will probably change, though, according to Moziilla developer Vladimir Vukićević. As you can see from the screenshot...

Firefox Friday Five

Happy Friday everyone! I suppose it's to be expected, after a flurry of activity from the Mozilla HQ over the last few weeks, that things would calm down a little. There wasn't much Firefox news this week I'm afraid, but I've done my best to scrape together five fairly-interesting tidbits. Let's start with a neat tip: 1. Overriding the add-on compatibility/version check Most of you...

Get your Nokia N900s ready, because Firefox for Maemo RC3 is out now

The folks at Mozilla are on a roll this month: first, they got Firefox 3.6 out the door and onto the desktops of millions of users, and now they're delivering Firefox to the palm of your hand. That is, if you own a Maemo phone, like the Nokia N900. Firefox for Maemo just got its third release candidate, which indicates it's quite close to a final release. RC3 cleans up a few bugs and addresses an...

Firefox Friday Five

By now you should know what this column is all about: Firefox. Everything Firefox. Some of this will be new, some of it old, but generally all of it will be pretty neat if you're a Firefox user. Let's get stuck in! 1. You can undo closed tabs in Firefox You know what Ctrl-T does, right? It opens a new tab. How about Ctrl-Tab? It cycles through your tabs! Now... what happens if you throw...