Fennec (Firefox) Mobile Browser for Android Now Available in Alpha

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G showing the Mozilla Firefox Mobile browser (Fennec). Fennec is available for Android in alpha today.
Sprint Samsung Epic 4G showing the Mozilla Firefox Mobile browser (Fennec). Fennec is available for Android in alpha today.

Those waiting for Mozilla’s mobile browser on Android can now get downloading! Firefox Mobile, currently code-named Fennec, is available for Android, and updated for the Nokia N900. Some of the key features that might make you want this one over the already-excellent native Android browser is synchronization of history and bookmarks with desktop Firefox, add-on support, and the legendary Awesome Bar, which finds your website without having to launch into a Google search. Pinch to zoom is included, integration with multiple search engines lets you find a variety of information quickly, and a new contextual long-press menu helps you share pages easily.

Most of us have at least tried Firefox at some point, and its excellence as a desktop browser is largely undisputed. If they can bring to bear that same expertise to mobile, then the current leader in third-party mobile browsers, Opera, may have trouble keeping its lead.  The desktop sync is a killer feature, and the add-on support which made Firefox such a huge success in the first place can potentially change our standards for mobile browsing overall.

Head over to Mozilla’s download page from your mobile browser to get started with Fennec – just keep in mind that only Android 2.0 and up is compatible.

[via Mozilla]

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