Mozilla, the company that changed the face of the desktop browser forever, has issued its first major update for its Firefox Mobile browser. The new Firefox 4 Beta for mobile is a definite step up.
Mozilla has issued some important fixes and improvements that were plauging the first release. The feedback that Mozilla recieved from the first beta helped them make a much smoother browser. The new beta improvements include including reduced memory usage, improved text rendering, and 60% smaller install footprint (from 43MB to 17MB).
The new beta is just overall faster, even on my older myTouch 3G it seems to be a lot better. According to Mozilla, SunSpider Javasript benchmarking shows that the new beta renders pages up to 25% faster than Android’s default browser. Panning and zooming is much faster. Switching between menu and settings is really much smoother, there is no stutter or lag when changing settings and menus.
There is also a small theme refresh. They made Firefox much easier to use, easier to share pages, and undo closing tabs. The new UI is nice, but it’s still not as polished as you would expect a Firefox browser to be, but they are getting there.
Mozilla says the next release will have true hardware acceleration, for scrolling and zooming. They also hope to have HTML5 video support very soon. You can download the new beta now for Android and Nokia devices.