Firefox Beta 4 Out For Maemo & Android: Promises Faster Performance

Mozilla has just rolled out Beta 4 of its Firefox browser for Maemo and Android devices. Beta 4 promises to be noticeably faster, improve start-up and page load times and responsiveness to panning and zooming.

Firefox Beta 4 Out For Maemo & Android: Promises Faster Performance

Also advertised is compatibility with 100 add-ons to customize the features, functionality and look of your Web experience. According to Mozilla, tests on JavaScript benchmarks show Firefox 4 Beta is faster than the stock Android browser; roughly three times faster on Kraken, about twice as fast on SunSpider and slightly faster on V8.

Other advancements in this release include increasing stability, reducing installation memory usage, improving readability with zooming, and fixing some keyboard issues. The latest beta is available to download from the Android Market and if you use a Nokia N900, visit this link to get downloading.

Despite Mozilla’s claims, the browser doesn’t feel as fast in the real world and I found myself going back to the N900’s stock MicroB and the stock Android browser on my Galaxy S.

2 thoughts on “Firefox Beta 4 Out For Maemo & Android: Promises Faster Performance”

  1. the browser is still very slow up to a point it makes it unusable

    startup time takes 20 seconds on my n900
    after startup screen is unresponsive,

    the GUI is very cool and convenient, much more features then microb, but i’ll take speed over usability any day

  2. is that so, well i understand.

    only reason i have it is to use web pages where the pop up selection box prevents me from using the web page like HSBC.COM web page, other than that i can stand the slow speed. that out weighs the linked up bookmarks feature

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