One of the best Internet browsers for the desktop, Firefox is now available for Android, though it’s just an Alpha version and still in its development stage, but it’s worth a shot!
Here are some things to remember before installing it:
- We’ve only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.
- It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
- Memory usage of this build isn’t great — in many ways it’s a debug build, and we haven’t really done a lot of optimization yet. This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
- You’ll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we’re working to get rid of it.
- You can’t open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
- This build requires Android 2.0 or above, and likely an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable device.
- Edit: This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.
If you use Mozilla Weave, there’s an experimental version available that works with Fennec. Try it at your own risk here.
The build version of Firefox is pre-alpha, which is way too juvenile and has a lot of bugs and glitches, but we really think you should give the browser a try. Let’s see where it leaves Opera Mini and the built in Android browser. The build will work on any Android 2.0 + device . You can download the browser from this link or scan the QR code below using your Android Phone. Remember to leave your feedback at the temporary Google Group created for Fennec.