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Firefox 7 for Android Beta bring improvements to performance as well as enhanced memory usage

19 August 2011, Software Publisher

The relentless releases of browser updates continues apace.  In the case of Mozilla, there are now so many versions of Firefox available, it is starting to get difficult to keep track of. But continuing development is always a good thing, and it is great to see that the mobile market is not being ignored in favour of desktop platforms. Firefox for Android 7.0 Beta has been released, and things are looking extremely promising.

In terms of new features, the Android version of the Firefox 7 Beta is little different to the desktop release in that the majority of the changes are under the hood tweaks that have been designed to help improve performance.  This means that users should notice a dramatic improvement in memory usage as well as app startup and page load times.

Firefox Sync – the feature that makes it possible to keep settings, bookmarks and password synchronised between multiple computers running Firefox – has been tinkered with so that any changes or addition that are made can be synchronised faster than in the past.

Other key improvements include the ability to copy and paste test from mobile web sites as well as saved sessions. Just like the desktop version of Firefox, when the Android edition of the browser is launched, your previous browsing session – including open tabs and your browsing history – will be restored so you can pick up from where you left off.

If you already have a beta version of Firefox installed, you’ll be notified of the availability of an update in the app, but you can find out more and download a copy for yourself by paying a visit to the Firefox for Android 7.0 Beta review page. For anyone who would prefer to stick with the stable release channel, Firefox 5.0 for Android is still available.

For a preview of how things are going to be in future versions of the browser, you may be interested in taking a look at Firefox Aurora for Android that includes a new master password option and the ability to create shortcuts on your homescreen.

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