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Android Firefox 4 beta is go

Android Firefox 4 beta is go

The beta version of FireFox 4 has arrived for Android phones, following a hitch-free release for the alpha edition.

Avaiable to download and test now, the beta edition is reportedly significantly quicker and brings some smart new features to the app. These include the so-called Awesome Bar that lets users access their recent history, bookmarks and tabs” by tapping it.

Also onboard is Firefox Sync. As its name suggests, this synchronizes a user's tabs, history, bookmarks and passwords between users’ desktop PC Firefox browser and their smartphone.

Stuart Parmenter, Director of Mobile at Mozilla, said: "A major focus of this release is to increase performance and responsiveness. Two of the big architecture changes are 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. This beta brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations."

Android phone users can download Firefox beta now for free from Mozilla.com.

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