Mozilla® Firefox 4 for Android™

Mozilla Foundation will release the final tested code for its browser named Firefox 4 for Android enabled phones; meanwhile another beta version is expected to be released soon. The latest in this series of browser is expected to pack quite a punch. According to Jay Sullivan, vice president of products for Mozilla, during an interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona said that it is loaded with a sync feature that allows user to have a clone of the information stored in the browser in your desktop on your Android enabled smartphone, features like bookmarks, saved web pages, passwords, browsing history etc will get transferred to your phone. He also said that nearly 150 or so add-ons will be available for this version of the famous web browsers mobile version.

The mobile version will not only be restricted to Android but is also coming to Nokia N900 devices. Apple iPhone users will have to do without it though as Apple insists that mobile browsers use its webkit rendering system and other terms and conditions. Firefox is also not compatible with the Symbian OS, Windows Mobile and Blackberry OS due to other issues. However, according to Sullivan, Mozilla is looking for ways to bring to the end user the rich Mozilla experience without seeking permission from any os developer. Mozilla is also currently working on a project called Open Web Apps, under which Mozilla will build a store for web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

According to Sullivan web apps will be written utilizing metadata that would allow easy marketing and gathering of customer responses. Sullivan said that people prefer to build using HTML5 however they also want the ratings and advertisements that the native apps get. He also said that there should be no reason that every one has to use native development technology to get monetization. They should be unrelated according to Sullivan but they have been tied together. So Mozilla is trying to bring those things to the Web

Mozilla is planning to follow a strategy to promote instant personalization where irrespective of what device you are using the experience of Mozilla remains same, somewhat an advanced feature of sync. Sullivan states that the aim of Mozilla is to give it users such a technology that you could grab any device and have it log you onto a site quickly, if you want to buy something have it know your credit card details yet be secure and safe. Sullivan also maintained that Mozilla is planning to undergo an overhaul to ensure that its development schedule gets accelerated ensuring that Firefox 5 will undergo a much quicker release cycle though it will have fewer features, but it will be more agile and more reactive to the issues that are facing the market at that moment.

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