Firefox for Android

Mozilla has updated Firefox for Android, and mixed in with the rest of the changes is a new JIT JavaScript compiler known as IonMonkey, which claims that it will allow web apps and games will run up to 25-percent faster. We all love faster. Of course, that's not the only change under the hood. The browser is now able to be used with the Google Now search widget, meaning if you do a search Firefox is listed as a way to carry it out. Another neat new feature is integration with "Safe Browsing." We've all seen notes from Google that a website we want to visit may be "harmful to your computer", and now that same database is in use in Firefox for Android. There is also a handful of boring but essential bug fixes and tweaks.

Firefox for Android has come a long way, and it's well worth trying again if you were unsatisfied with it in the past. It's becoming my browser of choice on Android for general web-surfing. It's free (of course), grab it at the link above.

 
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icebike says:

Jerry: What did you mean by:
"and not that same database is in use in Firefox for Android."

Does that mean firefox has its own bad site database, or did you mean to say
:and Note that..."?

Autocorrect typo, not = now. Fixed.

tmeader says:

Yeah, I'd switch to it as my browser as well if it had the ability to either 1) limit the cache size, or 2) cache to the SD card (as Dolphin Browser can). I'm not talking about moving to the SD card, because even if you move it to the SD card, the browser still caches everything (seemingly with no limit) to the phone's internal storage. Once they get that fixed, I'll be there.

kamiller42 says:

Try about:config in the address bar.

almahix says:

Firefox has long been my desktop browser of choice, but certainly not on Android. I am not the best typist on phone size keyboards. I like to say my say before I lose track of my train of thought in venues such as this, then go back and correct typos, poor grammar, and the like. The carat or cursor control on Firefox is abysmal. If I delete characters they are most likely going to randomly reappear somewhere else in the text. When backspacing, the cursor is seemingly randomly placed. Until that is fixed I won't even consider using Firefox on Android. (This was composed on the stock browser and heavily edited!)

kamiller42 says:

The cursor behavior has been erratic, e.g. deleting all input when wanting to delete one character by pressing backspace, but I think it's much better now.

crxssi says:

>"Firefox for Android has come a long way, and it's well worth trying again if you were unsatisfied with it in the past."

I hope you mean like many months ago for "in the past" because it has been really great for several months now. Prior to that, though, it was a mess on Android (great on Linux/MS-Windows/MacOS though).

>"It's becoming my browser of choice on Android for general web-surfing. It's free (of course), grab it at the link above."

Not only is it free, it is also open source, multi-contributor, and multi-platform.

I use Firefox on my Nexus7 because it plays flash videos like a beast even on 2g connections. Miss you OG Browser.

Eb34 says:

I do not have an android phone or iphone at this time. Still in Blackberry land. I have recently bought a kindle fired hd and was wondering if anyone knows where I can get a clean file of the google chrome or firefox apk file so I can add it as the factory browser sucks! I am willing to buy it if you can lead me to a site. I am just concerned about viruses and want a good source. Thanks.