New Firefox for Android optimized for tablets

Earlier this week, Mozilla released Firefox 9.0, the latest version of the popular web browser. However, that's not all the company released this week. Mozilla also launched a new version of its Android port of Firefox via the Android Marketplace. This new mobile version of Firefox now has been optimized to work on Android-based tablet products.

As explained in the release notes for Firefox for Android, the web browser now has support for full pages even when a tablet is in portrait mode. Browser tabs are shown on tablets as thumbnails on the left panel of the browser which should allow users to continue checking out a full web page while still being able to switch between tabs. There's also an Action Menu that lets tablet users access things like preferences, add-ons and more with a simple touch. You can see all of these tablet-based features at work in the video above.

In addition, the new version of Firefox for Android lets developers use HTML5-based tools to create web sites that can user the features of the Android-based web browser. For example, developers could create a site that would allow users to make use of a smartphone or tablet camera or to scan bar codes without needing a third party application.

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I tried it on my Galaxy tab 10.1. It was laggy and I'm too terribly fond of the interface. I'll stick with opera mobile, so far it's the best browser I've used on my tab.

FrostAM said,
I tried it on my Galaxy tab 10.1. It was laggy and I'm too terribly fond of the interface. I'll stick with opera mobile, so far it's the best browser I've used on my tab.

opera is fast, but it's got poor interface. too long way to switch tabs.

coth said,

opera is fast, but it's got poor interface. too long way to switch tabs.

then try ie9 on wp7!

Bring up menu > tabs >wait for the animation to stop, select your tab or create a new one...

bad UI!

littleneutrino said,
looks much nicer however, on the Xoom it is far more sluggish than before.

the native android UI version they're working on in the nightly channel seems to lag less and supposidly supports flash.

Sly_Ripper said,
Can you really be called the 'Firefox Lead UX Designer' when you're just copying Chrome?

Yea because firefox on Android totally looks like Chrome.

I've been using it for a while. It's my default browser on my tablet.

The only bad thing about it is it seems to struggle with video. Other then that it's perfect. Who uses flash now days