The Mozilla mobile project has announced the release of the final version of Firefox 4 for Mobile, also known as "Fennec", for the Maemo-powered Nokia N900 and various Android devices after more than a year of development.
According to the developers, the mobile version of Firefox "delivers an intuitive interface, unparalleled customization and support for modern Web technologies".
The mobile versions of Firefox are built on the same browser engine as the recently released Firefox 4.0 for desktop, version 2.0 of the Gecko rendering platform, and include several elements from their desktop counterpart, such as built-in support for Firefox Sync, add-ons and the "Awesome Bar" smart URL bar.
The mobile browser features support for IPv6 on Android, tabbed browsing, and for copy and paste in all form fields on web pages, as well as modern HTML5 technologies.
The Android version of Firefox 4 for Mobile, which is said to be up to three times faster than the built-in browser, requires version 2.0 of the Android OS or later, A list of supported devices is available on the Mozilla Wiki - users running Android 2.2 can move the Firefox 4 for Mobile app to their SD card to save space on their device. At this time, devices with ARMv6 processors, such as the HTC Hero, HTC Magic (also known as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G) and the HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1 - the first Android phone), are not supported.
Details about the final release, including a short "Get up and going with Firefox" video, can be found in a post on the Mozilla blog and in the release notes. Additional videos on Firefox 4 for Mobile are provided in the Video Gallery.
Users can download Firefox 4 for Mobile by visiting Firefox.com/m/ from their Nokia N900 or Android-based device in more than 10 languages.
Alternatively, Android users can download the browser directly from the Android Market. The release notes also list downloadable versions of Firefox 4 for Mobile on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux which allow developers to evaluate the browser without using either an Android device or a Nokia N900.
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