Mozilla updates Android Firefox to native app with support for HTML5, Flash

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As you all probably know, I’ve been a Firefox user for three weeks now. I’ve been using the OS X version of Firefox 13 in conjunction with Mozilla’s Android version. Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with the desktop version and the syncing services between both versions, but the Android version wasn’t a native app and was pretty slow because of that.

Today, though, Mozilla has fixed that issue by rolling out an update to Android Firefox. This update brings a plethora of improvements to the mobile browser including native code, HTML 5 and Flash support, and a revamped UI that looks very good.

Compared to the last iteration, Firefox’s scrolling is much smoother – buttery-smooth, even – and the app and pages both load noticeably quicker, as well. The addition of native code really does make the app feel better.

Luckily, the addition of native code doesn’t take syncing away. Everything that I’ve personally come to expect from the browser’s syncing service is still there and will still show up on my desktop.

All in all, the update to mobile Firefox just enhances my renewed faith in Mozilla. I hate to call myself a fanboy of any technology, but I haven’t used Safari, Chrome, Opera, or even Internet Explorer the entire time that I’ve had Firefox installed on all of my machines. Color me very impressed with Mozilla.

The brand-new version of Firefox weighs in at 17.11MB. If you haven’t checked out Mozilla’s browsers in a while, it’s a good time to do so: the products are fast and work very well – and best of all, they’re completely free.

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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