Mozilla boasts that Firefox is up to three times faster than the stock browser on Android. For a more detailed overview of these claims, check out Firefox for Mobile Performance Overview by Mozilla developer Brad Lassey.
The video below gives you a closer look of what's new:
For more information on this new build, check out the release notes for a full list of features, updates, and improvements included in this release. If you just want the main points, here's a list of 10 new features in version 4:
- Focus on Web content: Features like tabs, one-touch bookmarking and browser controls that stow away when not in use help users focus on the websites they visit
- Awesome Screen: Type less with easy access to history, bookmarks and open tabs
- Save to PDF: Capture important websites, like directions or a boarding pass, to view offline
- Share Page: Share websites via apps like email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and more
- Add Search Engine: Customize your search engine list
- Firefox Sync: Access Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple computers and mobile devices with secure end-to-end encryption
- Firefox offers thousands of ways for users to customize the features, functionality and look of their mobile Web browser with Firefox Add-ons
- Firefox improves existing tools like CSS, Canvas and SVG to enable developers to make exciting Web pages
- HTML5 support in Firefox for Android and Maemo includes Location-Aware Browsing, device orientation, accelerometer, desktop notifications and more
Mozilla released a Firefox 4 beta for Android and Maemo last month followed by Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android and Maemo earlier this month. Once the desktop version was out, it looks like Mozilla was able to push out the mobile version very quickly. Hopefully this will be a trend with future versions of Firefox.
"Firefox for mobile allows users to take the Firefox experience they love everywhere and minimizes typing with features like tabbed browsing, bookmarks, add-ons and Firefox Sync," a Mozilla spokesperson said in a statement. "With a sleek new look that hides browser controls when not in use, Firefox allows users to focus on the websites they visit. Firefox Sync gives users seamless access to their browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of ways to customize the features, functionality and look of mobile Web browsing with Firefox Add-ons."