Firefox 4 Mobile Goes to Beta 3 for Android and Maemo


Mozilla has a new beta of Firefox Mobile for you to try out, available now on the Android Market and as a download for Maemo smartphones.

Several of the changes in this beta deal with text entry. Mozilla says that the less you need to type in order to use its browser, the better. To that end, the URL bar now supports copy-and-pasting. For when you do have to enter text, Mozilla’s patched some keyboard bugs, and there’s better international text support thanks to compatibility with Arabic and Persian scripts.

The process by which you can sync a copy of Firefox Mobile with the full browser on your home PC has been made easier to configure. Now, for each mobile device you want to sync with your desktop, you’ll just need to generate a 12-character code and enter it on your computer.

Various other improvements include the ability to save web pages as PDF documents, support for uploading files, and better audio-handling.

Users of the new beta report speed improvements, especially with start-up, but point out some emerging bugs in the browser’s JavaScript engine. If you feel like installing this new beta, be sure and let us know what your impressions are on how the changes effect the browsing experience.

Source: Mozilla, ConceivablyTech

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