Mozilla has released Firefox Release Candidate 4 for our Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy 3, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Player or any device with Android 2.1 or higher. This is a version that is built on the same technology platform as Firefox 4 for desktop computers, just optimized for browsing on a mobile device.
According to its developers:
- Performance and Memory Usage
- We improved startup speed even more (compared to previous Beta versions). This was a top user request.
- Improved page load speed
- In Beta 5 we introduce the feature to move Firefox to the SD card along with all its profile data (requires Android 2.2 or higher). This reduces memory usage on your mobile device to a minimum and leaves more space for other apps.
- Scrolling and page rendering are significantly faster and much smoother, showing far less checkerboarding. Smarter page rendering and page loading algorithms led to this very visible improvement.
- Reducing memory and optimizing CPU usage are ongoing themes. We have been working on improvements in this area to make the browser more responsive and stable. Overall responsiveness has improved. With this version, we have implemented additional optimizations that speed up the browser and make it much more responsive, especially when using Firefox Sync. You will see continuous improvement in our future releases
- User Interface
- Filling out forms is now easier than ever with our improved Form Assistant: tapping into form fields zooms you in swiftly and shows a list of suggested values to make navigation easy and to minimize typing. This is particularly useful when using Firefox Sync, which helps synchronize form data like user names and passwords (and also bookmarks, browsing history) across your connected devices, so you never have to type a user / password or other form fill data twice. The new controls make it very easy to fill in forms in web pages.
- It is now easier to close the sidebars without accidentally reopening them.
- We now support copy and paste for all form fields on web pages.
- We fixed miscellaneous bugs, introduced usability improvements, and optimized the user experience with this release. Firefox 4 for mobile Release Candidate is also more stable than previous versions. See “Known Issues” below for details on fixed bugs
- Japanese is now included in the default set of languages for the Firefox user interface.
NOTE: For Samsung Galaxy 3 or other ARMv6, you must download the experimental version from here.