Mozilla unveils Firefox 4 beta mobile web browser for smartphones running the Google Android and Nokia Maemo

Posted on October 9, 2010

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Open-source software development initiative Mozilla unveiled its Firefox 4 beta mobile web browser for smartphones running the Google Android and Nokia Maemo open-source operating systems. Firefox 4 beta for mobile promises improved performance and responsiveness over previous releases–writing on the Mozilla Blog, mobile team technical lead Stuart Parmenter states the biggest architecture changes emphasize Electrolysis and Layers. “Our alpha contained Electrolysis which allowed the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering web content, resulting in a much more responsive browser,” Parmenter explains. “This beta brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.”

 

Firebox 4 beta for mobile also incorporates desktop features like Firefox Sync (touting a seamless browsing experience between the desktop and smartphone), Add-ons and the Awesome Bar (offering access to recent browsing history, bookmarks and tabs). The release additionally boasts new features like pinch-to-zoom support across multitouch-capable devices.

 

 

 

 

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