Firefox for Android Reaches Version 7.0


Mozilla’s strategy towards Firefox Android releases has seen a rapid escalation in its version numbering, hitting 4, 5, and 6 all this year. It’s a bit odd to see such a bombastic attitude towards ever-increasing release numbers, especially in the course of the year which saw Android OS numbering creep from just 2.3.1 to 2.3.6. Nevertheless, it’s a move that draws the app attention and keeps users interested in staying on top of things. Today, Firefox for Android makes the leap to 7.0, picking up a few new features along the way.

The problem with an accelerated numbering schedule is that you end up with major-revision versions like this, that don’t really feel like they’ve added that much new. Don’t get us wrong; there are certainly some good improvements waiting in Firefox 7.0, but there just aren’t that many, and they’re not that major.

This release should help improve the behavior of copy-and-paste, letting you more easily export text you find on the web to other Android apps. When setting up the app for the first time, it should be a bit smarter about detecting what language to use. Finally, there’s support for WebSockets, which lets the browser easily communicate with web servers over a two-way, single-socket connection.

Sure, Firefox 6.0 may have had a more exciting changelog, but progress is progress. Check out the new Firefox in the Android Market today.

Source: Android Market

Thanks: Rawat

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!