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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo 128

An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has released the first beta of its Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo. The browser is based on the Firefox 4 core and should be released in the same time frame as the big brother. The mobile browser includes Firefox Sync, a cloud feature that enables users to sync browsing history, passwords, form-fill data and bookmarks, as well as open tabs." Android news site Androinica also mentions the release, and provides a small tutorial on installing beta apps for Android.
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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

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  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Thursday October 07, 2010 @07:47PM (#33831360)

    Everything is patent encumbered, if we worried about that sort of thing nothing would ever get done.

  • Better, but... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jethro ( 14165 ) on Thursday October 07, 2010 @07:57PM (#33831456) Homepage

    I installed it on my Nexus One and tried posting this from there, but it's still way too unstable to do that (it didn't crash, but it kept scrolling/resizing in weird ways).

    It's much improved over the Alpha, but one thing still bugs me.

    Sync won't let you use your own server.

    Firefox Sync is /the/ killer-app for me. It's really the only reason I'd want to use a different browser (barring EXTREME speed improvements), and they've neutered it to the point where it's, well, pointless. I've seen people request this feature ever since the pre-alpha days, to no avail.

  • by masterwit ( 1800118 ) * on Thursday October 07, 2010 @09:24PM (#33832146) Journal

    Really every application leaks memory. I use Firefox and will continue to use Firefox regardless of it leaking on my desktop. Sure the portable version leaked early in Alpha stage a bit more than preferred from what I hear, but what I said was meant as a joke not an insult towards the device. My comment...

    More ways to leak memory!

    ...also was completely ambiguous in relation to the four bullet points above I have no idea why people rated it as a troll, until I read your comment:

    Sigh, I wish that meme would die a horrible death.

    hedwards, I really am only halfway in tune with the latest memes it seems and I can see how my comment could have been annoying if everyone keeps on saying that memory leaks memory leaks (sorry Slashdot, oops)

    There is a little red line that tells me when I am an idiot and cannot spell. I need a blue line or some different color to tell me where potential meme infringement may occur...


  • Everything is patent encumbered, if we worried about that sort of thing nothing would ever get done.

    And if we didn't worry about that sort of thing, nothing would ever get done because your business would be liquidated to pay damages to the plaintiffs who have successfully sued you.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 07, 2010 @10:23PM (#33832482)

    The install file for Maemo won't install on an N800 (evidently, only the newer N900 - that is one thing I don't like about Nokia; when the newer version comes out, kiss support for the older versions goodbye).

    That is exactly why NOKIA bought mozilla. It is part of their evil plan of dropping support for older... wait a minute!

    On another note the install file for maemo installs fennec 1.1 and not 4beta

  • Re:Not impressed (Score:2, Insightful)

    by denilson3 ( 925027 ) on Friday October 08, 2010 @01:51AM (#33833364)
    mistake to call this a beta and slap firefox brand on it so soon. this is pure crap still, pre-alpha stuff at least on my droid.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"