Monday , May 1 2017

Firefox 14 released, faster and more powerful than before

After teasing us with an announcement less than a week ago, Mozilla has announced today that version 14 of the Firefox browser has been released into the Google Play store. Promising faster load times and rendering they also advise that the panning and zooming in webapps will also be faster.

The new version offers a personalised start page also known as the Awesome Screen and utilises Firefox Sync to deliver all your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and form data to your Android phone. This version of Firefox also supports Flash which is an advantage over Chrome on Ice Cream Sandwich, although the need for such support appears to be waning across the mobile web. The browser as a whole feels a lot faster and looks a lot better at least it does to me personally.

Mozilla advises that the new Firefox scores quite high on existing benchmarks such as Sunspider but they have also created a new benchmark called Eideticker that apparently measures the speed of browsing in terms of user experience.

Mozilla has also integrated all new HTML 5 standards into the browser and also created new APIs : Camera API, Vibration API, Mobile Connection API, Battery Status API, Screen Orientation API and Geolocation API in order to help move the web along, personally I feel writing and including these APIs may be a move towards their Boot to Gecko project though, your thoughts?

In the What’s New section of the Play store entry it advises that some of the new features are for ‘PHONES only’ in fact there are a few caveats to the release including : Flash not supported on tablets and non-ICS Tegra 2 devices, Galaxy Note stylus issues with keyboard & Find in page not supported.

Anyway, if your browser of choice is Firefox, then check out the update in the Play store and give it a go, or watch the video :

Source: Mozilla Blog.

Daniel Tyson   Editor at large

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

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  • Damon Lewis

    I’ve been using the beta for the last month or so and it’s really nice, I prefer it over the default browser most times.

  • CAD

    how this compares to Dolphin HD Browser?

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  • Ray

    Too bad it’s still garbage! I installed it, visited 2 websites – those being Facebook and Google search and both websites rendered horribly. It looked as if the website were developed 5-10 years ago. I unistalled it right away and will stick with the stock browser, or once it’s out of beta and been improved a little more, Chrome. I’m sick and tired of wasting my time with Mozilla’s garbage, half arsed attempts.

    • apád anyád

      Read this.

  • chris

    Incompatible with Galaxy Tab 7.7 (3.2) and P1000 tab 7 inch. pretty uselss really if it won’t even work on HC

    • JeniSkunk

      There’s a current unofficial Arm v6 FF beta being worked on over on XDA.

      This unofficial runs well on my Telstra T-Touch Tab. Google Play lists FF 14 official as being unavailable for both my LG Optimus One and my T-Touch.

  • edBoy

    Not available for Asus TF300 tablet. That’s very disappointing.

    • apád anyád

      Tablet interface will come in 15, they had to hold it back a bit longer than the mobile version.

  • SujayV

    Now that Chrome has come out of Beta, there is no point in using FF14, especially since FF14 doesn’t seem to be compatible with any Tablet, regardless of the Android version being used.

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