Firefox for Android: Something "big" is coming

Mozilla has offered a beta version of its Firefox web browser for Android devices for a while now, but apparently we haven't seen anything yet. In a recent Twitter message, the company is teasing us with the above image as well as the message, "  for . Something BIG is coming your way next week." The image itself says, "Fast. Smart. Safe."

A later Twitter post says that users can either wait until the big announcement or "... install the Firefox Beta app on your Android now ;)." Android smartphone owners can grab that beta version now from Google Play.

Next week also happens to be when Google will be holding its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. The timing of Mozilla's announcement cannot be a coincidence in this regard.

The teaser statements sound like Mozilla is prepping up for a new version of Firefox for Android that should be faster than previous versions, while also offering more features and be more secure. Mozilla is also working on a Metro version of Firefox for Windows 8 and the company is developing an iPad specific version of Firefox in the near future.

Source: Firefox Twitter page | Image via Mozilla

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Maybe it will actually be usable? I use Firefox on my desktop and laptop, but the latest versions on Android just plain suck. And I mean that literally, they sucked everything out of my battery. After FF drained my battery twice in just a few hours, I uninstalled that POS. And no flash support? Just FAIL.

Well, since still on 2.3.6, no chrome for me, I just want a browser that will sync to my chrome extensions without having to pay for the "privilege". I've tried most of the mobile browsers, all have their strengths, glad Firefox is still in the game. Although I dropped them from my desktop browser, I'm going to give them another shot this winter, miss my toolbars and better flexibility.

It still seems to be a bit of a battery drainer for me. Although its syncing of bookmarks etc makes it a lot more useful than the stock browsers. I'd only switch to Firefox on Android if I also did on my PC - its the ability to sync which makes it useful to me.

Shiranui said,
Yawn. Chrome for Android is close to perfect.
Perfect? not even. Although it is in Beta, it feels more like an alpha. Eats your battery, and is full of bugs. It may be better then the stock browser, but no where near perfect. Firefox mobile has been out for quite a while, but never went quite got onto mobiles device until Android was release. Firefox has a good head start compare to chrome here.

link6155 said,
Perfect? not even. Although it is in Beta, it feels more like an alpha. Eats your battery, and is full of bugs. It may be better then the stock browser, but no where near perfect. Firefox mobile has been out for quite a while, but never went quite got onto mobiles device until Android was release. Firefox has a good head start compare to chrome here.

Lol. I beg to differ. Chrome works fantastic on Android.

link6155 said,
Perfect? not even. Although it is in Beta, it feels more like an alpha. Eats your battery, and is full of bugs. It may be better then the stock browser, but no where near perfect. Firefox mobile has been out for quite a while, but never went quite got onto mobiles device until Android was release. Firefox has a good head start compare to chrome here.

I quite enjoy Firefox for Android. The Beta is pretty slick. Loving it on my Galaxy S3, haven't tried Chrome yet.

Shiranui said,
Yawn. Chrome for Android is close to perfect.
I find text on some sites appears randomly larger in Chrome for Android, then if you zoom in out out again it gets bigger and bigger for some reason.

It may just be a terribly coded site but it displays perfectly well in every other browser.

farmeunit said,

Because surely they wouldn't tell anyone before releasing next week . . .


i was referring to the sentence something big happening