Firefox for Android Gets Personalized Start Page, New Awesome Screen
Article by George Norman
On 27 Jun 2012
On Tuesday, June 26th, Mozilla announced that it updated Firefox for Android to version 14.0 and touted the fact that this is a powerful upgrade that makes browsing the web on a mobile device considerably easier and a lot faster.

“As a pioneer of the Web, Mozilla unlocked the Web experience on the desktop with Firefox and we are doing it again in mobile,” said Mozilla. “The new Firefox for Android is a snappy and dynamic upgrade to mobile browsing that makes it faster and easier to get where you want to go on the Web.”

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Firefox 14.0 for Android makes it easier to surf the web because the browser comes with a fresh, streamlined interface – it comes with a new personalized Start Page and a new Awesome screen. As a little side note, the fact that previous versions did not come with a proper interface was a big bummer. This is no longer the case.

Version 14 comes with a personalized start page that makes it easier to access the websites you want; the start page displays top sites and tabs from last time. Version 14 also comes with a new Awesome Screen that is powered by Firefox Sync, thus giving you easy access to your bookmarks, browsing history, passwords and form data.

In keeping with this “ease of use” theme we’ve got going on here, it must be added that Mozilla also optimized tabbed browsing, the aforementioned Firefox Sync, as well as Firefox Add-ons so that you can enjoy the best possible browsing experience on our Android-powered mobile device. Accessing more content, being able to watch videos online, and playing games is something you would expect from “the best possible browsing experience.” That is why Firefox 14 for Android comes with support for Flash – so that you can interact with more content.

Firefox 14.0 for Android is also faster. Mozilla worked hard to improve start-up times and get pages to load faster.

“We redesigned Firefox for Android to make it a screaming fast and personalized upgrade to mobile browsing that lets you take your Web experience everywhere you go,” said Mozilla. “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.”

Firefox 14.0 for Android is available for download on the Google Play Store here.
The release notes for Firefox 14.0 for Android are available here.




Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Google, Android, Google Play Store, Firefox for Android, Awesome Screen
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