Mozilla Firefox has finally gone mobile! Surprisingly, it isn’t the iPhone or Android which has the honour of being the first platform to house the browser, but Maemo for the Nokia N900.
Not familiar with Firefox Mobile? You should be! Its entry in to the mobile market will ensure that there’s as much variety on your portable devices as your computer, eventually directly challenging other browsers such as Opera Mini on Android and iPhone platforms.
We’ve got a complete run down of all the features for you below, so just take a look at why you might finally want a Nokia mobile phone again…or at least get a glimpse of what we can perhaps expect from the world’s newest mobile browser should it come to the Android and iPhone mobile platforms.
Bringing many previously unseen features to the mobile market, Firefox Mobile allows users to sync all their browser data between their phone and computer. This means that you can find all of your history, bookmarks and passwords waiting for you every time you start browsing.
Even better is the ability to sync all of your open tabs. If you’re browsing on your computer at home and need to leave, you can continue your browsing session right where you left off, with all of your tabs ready and waiting.
We all know that one of the main selling points of Mozilla Firefox is the availability of a ton of add-ons to customise your browsing experience however you like and to testify to that fact, you only need to look at the fact that 2 billion Firefox desktop browser add-ons have now been downloaded. There are already a lot of mobile add-ons to choose from, including the popular Adblock Plus, which so many users love on the desktop version of the browser.
Other add-ons include low quality Flash, which is designed to ensure that Flash content runs well in your browser, no matter how powerful your phone is; TwitterBar, which allows you to tweet directly from the awesome bar (more on that later on), and of course there is already a selection of user interface add-ons.
You can download as many add-ons as you like from the mobile add-on download page for Firefox Mobile.
The awesome bar is Mozilla’s name for the address bar in Firefox Mobile. ‘Why is it awesome?’ you may ask… Well, the awesome bar performs not just as an address bar, but also as a search field too. If you want to search for something, you don’t have to go to the Google website first. Simply type your search in the awesome bar, and it will recognise the search and re-direct you to Google.
As well as this, Firefox Mobile remembers the sites that you visit the most, displaying them as you tap on the bar to enter a URL. As you begin typing the name of the site that you wish to visit, the awesome bar will guess where you’re heading and save you time from typing the entire URL.
Security is becoming more of a concern, as our mobile devices become evermore dominant on the web. When using Firefox Mobile, you can delve in to the settings to alter the various security options. In addition to this, Firefox Mobile comes complete with a pop-up blocker, so your browsing experience isn’t ruined by annoying ads filling your limited screen estate.
Where can I get it?!
If you own a Nokia N900 or N810, you can download Firefox Mobile from your phone by visiting firefox.com/m. Alternatively, you can send the link to your phone from here.
Clearly Mozilla are still pressing ahead with browser improvements such as their recent Firefox 3.6.4 release which helps prevent crashes, so hopefully they can benefit from the competition from the likes of Google Chrome.
That being the case on the desktop, hopefully we’ll soon be seeing Android and iPhone users getting a taste of Firefox Mobile in the near future too, so you shouldn’t have to wait for too long to get more mobile browser options – which can only be a good thing to drive innovation and performance of our mobile web browsing!
Via – GeekSmack