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Mozilla releases Firefox 4 app for Android

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Mozilla’s Firefox 4, the latest release of one of the Web’s most popular browsers, is now available as an Android app.

The Firefox 4 app hit Google’s Android Market on Tuesday and includes a few features designed to connect desktop or laptop browsing to smartphones and tablets.

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Users can sync their browsing history, bookmarks, tabs and passwords on every computer, smartphone and tablet they have -- as long as they have Firefox installed.

The Firefox 4 app can even launch websites on an Android device right where a user left off on the Firefox 4 browser at home. This feature, for example, could be used to find directions on a website on a home or work computer, then pull up the same site and information on an Android phone.

In typical Firefox fashion, Mozilla has added plug-in ‘personas’ that allow users to change the colors and even add images to the toolbars in the browser.

Firefox 4 for Android (versions 2.0 and newer) also features an ‘Awesome Screen’ that enables one-tap access to bookmarks, history and a user-curated list of search engines.

Twitter integration, tabbed browsing, search for text on a Web page and saving images from websites to a PDF format are other included features.

And Firefox 4 for Android is also available in more than 10 languages as of launch day.

Mozilla, being the open-source and nonprofit community of programmers both paid and volunteer that it is, also released a Firefox app for Maemo on Tuesday. Maemo is a Linux-based open-source operating system for Nokia devices.

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Images, top: Tabbed browsing in Firefox 4 for Android. Middle: Firefox 4 for Android’s start page. Credit: Mozilla

Video: Mozilla shows off features in its Firefox 4 for Android app. Credit: Mozilla via YouTube


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