Updated Firefox for Android

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 16 2011 on 12:00 AM
Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox browser for Android smartphones and tablets today that offers a new visual refresh for those that have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create better web experiences.

Firefox for Android, which is now at version 6.0, now offers higher-quality image rendering and smoother zooming, better interaction with touch-optimized sites such as Google Maps, performance and memory usage improvements, and a refresh of the design elements for Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones. The browser has also received its first wave of tablet optimizations, with special fonts and buttons for the larger-screened devices. Mozilla says that more tablet improvements are due in future versions of Firefox.

For developers, Mozilla has released new tools that enable them to build websites that detect touch events. This can be used in mapping websites or games, for example. Future updates to the touch events API will bring multi-touch support to websites. A new API will also allow developers to design websites that can be made available offline.

Firefox for Android 6.0 is free and available in the Android Market now.

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