Many of you have heard or already experiencing the Firefox browsing experience on your Android Phone or Tablet. We hope your experience has been a great one, and continue to look forward to your feedback. The engineering team is taking it a step further and porting Firefox to a Native Java Application, which promises similar features you’re used to, but with a handful of improvements!
Development is already in progress, and many features have already landing. You can find out more details in our weekly newsletter , as well as specific areas to test and focus on. There has already been significant improvements in startup performance, responsiveness, and a much more fuller, native experience on the phone. Native Firefox Android is estimated to launch in Q1 2012. Here’s a nice recent writeup by Ryan Paul at Arstechnica.com
In the meantime, there is a Testday tomorrow (Friday, Nov 11th) that you can join! We are looking for folks interested in a first look, alpha feedback, and want to share their comments and bugs around our product. If you are a firefox user, and own an Android device, you don’t want to miss this event!
UPDATED: If you’d like to download and test:
- Check Settings > Applications > Unknown Sources [Checked]
- Download the Nightly APK builds here (http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mobile/nightly/latest-birch-android/)