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Native Firefox to arrive on Android

The native interface for Android uses less memory than earlier versions.

It’s not been very long since Firefox 8 for both desktops and mobiles was launched, and now Mozilla has come out with a beta version of Mozilla Firefox 9 as well. There are some improvements in the desktop version, but Firefox 9 beta for Android is well optimised for tablets with a better designed look for bigger screens.

Through the Action Bar users will also have better access to downloads and preferences. The new Firefox for Android also supports full screen portrait browsing. There are tabs on the left of the screen, which saves a lot of screen space. The tabs can easily be hidden by making a swipe gesture to the left.

The new Firefox runs on both smartphones and tablets, though the official blog did not mention what new features would be there for smartphone users.

Firefox 9 will be officially released on December 20, and is still a work in progress. But the native interface for Android uses much less memory than earlier versions did. At the same time, a beta version is a fun way to discover new features in software.

Earlier, Mozilla had just tried to catch up with browser rivals such as Chrome, but it seems to be putting in more effort now. The first and foremost reason is that it uses a lot less memory than other browsers. Memory usage though depends on the number of applications being used.

There is an incognito browsing feature and Firefox Mobile boasts about 160 add ons. The browser runs WebGL apps as well.

There is an Awesomebar with search options including Google, Amazon, Wikipedia and Twitter. The situation may, however, change when Google releases Chrome for Android.

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