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New Firefox Available: Enhanced Look, Enhanced Browsing

Our accelerated release schedule means there’s another new version of Firefox for mobile out now. And to go along with that acceleration, this one has faster start-up times and updates to the interface that make everyday browsing streamlined and sharp.

Enhanced Tablet Experience
Enjoy better browsing with optimized fonts, interface elements, buttons and more. And that’s just the tip of tablet iceberg. There are lots more enhancements to come. For now, find out if your tablet is compatible.

New First-Run Experience
The browser starts faster and uses less memory so you can get to your home page quickly and start learning about features right from the side panel with the new Discovery Guide.

Higher Quality Images
On many devices, you’ll see crisper text, faster rendering and less pixelation when zooming. It’s like your eyes got an upgrade.

Visual Refresh
The browser is now better integrated into the most recent Android operating system (called Gingerbread), so the overall look and feel is smoother.

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London Ice Cream Truck Moved to June 27-29

Due to weather, we moved the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck to this coming Monday through Wednesday, June 27-29 from noon to 6pm. Follow @mozmobile to discover our location each day!

Since March, the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck has cruised through the US cities of Austin, Los Angeles and New York serving free, community-named gourmet ice cream and talking to folks about Firefox for mobile. It’s been fantastic to interact with each and every visitor, answering questions, demoing Firefox for Android and Firefox Home for the iPhone, helping folks download and eating free sweet treats!

Due to its great reception, we’re proud and excited to finally be taking Firefox Gone Mobile across the pond! Each day we’ll be spreading the Firefox cheer, handing out swag and talking up Firefox for mobile! Not to mention, passing out free ice cream with flavors that include:

  • Mozilli Vanilli - Vanilla Bean with a Choccy Chip
  • Tipsy Fox - Rum and Raisin
  • Chilla from Mozilla - Refreshing Cherry Sorbet
  • Foxy Tennis - Luscious Wimbledon Strawberries & Cream

Our locations may change multiple times a day, so follow us at @mozmobile and be sure to look out for #fficecream on Twitter. If you’re the type that likes to plan ahead here’s an idea of where we may be kicking off each day:

  • Monday – Covent Garden, Bloomsbury
  • Tuesday – Soho Square, Hyde Park
  • Wednesday – Hoxton Square, Shoreditch

We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the day so bring a friend or co-worker, get a hug from The Firefox himself, (maybe a t-shirt too!) and learn more about Firefox for mobile. See you there.

Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck Going to London, June 15-17

Since March, the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck has cruised through the US cities of Austin, Los Angeles and New York serving free, community-named gourmet ice cream and talking to folks about Firefox for mobile. It’s been fantastic to interact with each and every visitor, answering questions, demoing Firefox for Android and Firefox Home for the iPhone, helping folks download and eating free sweet treats!

Due to its great reception, we’re taking Firefox Gone Mobile across the pond! Next week, June 15-17, we’ll be driving the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck around London from from 12-6pm each day, clad with great swag and our famous, community-named ice cream creations. (Have you tried the Mozilly Vanilly or The Awesome Bar?)

To find out where we are each day, follow us @mozmobile and be sure to look out for #fficecream on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the  day so bring a friend or co-worker, get a hug from The Firefox himself, (maybe a t-shirt too!) and learn more about Firefox for mobile. See you there.

Featured Mobile Add-ons: Clear Mobile History and Cleary

This featured mobile add-ons round-up focuses on giving you more privacy and control over your preferences and settings.

Firefox for mobile users have been asking for ways to clear their private data and history, and these two add-ons help you do just that. I’m featuring both of them as they have similar but different functionality, so pick the one that’s right for you.

Clear Mobile History does exactly what it means. Install this (restartless!) add-on and add a “Clear History” button to the Firefox preferences. This way you can manually select this option at your discretion.

 

Cleary gives you a bit more fine grained control over your data. This add-on creates a sub page for clearing small sets of preferences for certain time durations. It also adds an option for “Clear On Shutdown” which is a handy way of clearing that history, even when you forget!

These easy to use and helpful mobile add-ons are a great step toward giving users more security and privacy features over their Firefox for mobile oasis. Enjoy!

The Spark Results Are Here!

The Spark game has come to a close for now. Over the last 8 weeks, Firefox for mobile supporters around the globe have been sharing Firefox, unlocking levels and earning badges. Out of this game emerged Super Sparkers, top countries sparked  and much more.  See where the sparks flew and check out the results! Highlights include:

  • 159 Countries Sparked
  • Over 4,000,000 site visitors
  • Over 40,000 badges earned

From the Spark site, be sure to take a look inside Firefox for Android and check out all the great features it has to offer! Thanks for everyone for participating in Spark and supporting the flame of the open Web glow bright!

 

 

New Featured Mobile Add-on: Twitter Address Bar Search

Great news! Twitter has released an add-on for Firefox that brings Twitter search to the Firefox Awesome Bar on both desktop and mobile.

 

The Twitter Address Bar Search add-on makes it easy to complete Twitter searches in Firefox. With this new featured mobile add-on, you can discover more relevant Twitter search results directly from the Firefox Awesome Bar when you’re on the go.

 

From the Awesome Screen, tap the Awesome Bar and you can search for #hashtags and @usernames by entering the searches directly into the Awesome Bar. Twitter Address Bar Search works with  the latest version of Firefox for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and, of course, on Android.

 

To install from Firefox on your Android device, swipe to the left, tap on Browser Tools, go to your Add-ons Manager and select Twitter Address Bar Search from the list of featured add-ons. Enjoy!

 

Newly Recommended Mobile Add-on: Foursquare

Start checking in and earning badges without even leaving the browser! We’re pleased to recommend foursquare’s mobile add-on for Firefox. With the Foursquare add-on, you can add places to your foursquare to-do list, or easily check-in from within your browser. foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards wherever you go.  All good stuff.

Speaking of checking in and earning badges, follow @foursquare, @mozmobile and @coolhaus while we take on the Big Apple Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 2. The Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck will be in secret and surprise locations around NYC from 12-4pm each day. Come by, check-in and earn an awesome badge and sweet treats!

New Recommended Add-on: Adblock Plus!

It’s finally here folks! The loved and highly acclaimed Adblock Plus for mobile!

Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web on your phone.

Watch this short video to lsee it in action. (The example takes place on a desktop, but the same can be achieved on your Android.) Enjoy!

Popular Mobile Add-ons for Firefox

There are tons of great new innovations in our growing mobile add-ons gallery. We took a handful of our most popular so you could see their features and functionality. Search for and install any of these add-ons from the Add-ons Manager in Firefox for mobile and give ‘em a try! Developers: build a compatible mobile add-on for Firefox so we can showcase your add-on as well!

The mobile add-ons featured in this video are: Personas, Phony, Twitter Bar, Home Links and Tapsure. Enjoy!

Mozilla Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android and Maemo Now Available

Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo is now available as a release candidate in more than 10 languages from the Android Market and for download on your Maemo device.

This release offers faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience of Firefox. Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo brings the performance and customization of Firefox to mobile devices with features like Firefox Sync, Awesome Screen, tabbed browsing and Firefox Add-ons, to create a personalized and effortless mobile browsing experience.

Watch this video to see what’s new in Firefox for Android and Maemo:

We are working closely with Firefox Add-ons developers to ensure their add-ons are ready for users to customize the features, look and functionality of Firefox 4. For more information on how to create or update add-ons to be compatible with Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo, please read this blog post.

We build Firefox with help from our contributors and beta testers. Please help test the release candidate and provide feedback to prepare Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo for a final release.

For more information:

  • Give feedback – Tap on Give Feedback on the Firefox Start page
  • Get help – Ask a question and get answers with Firefox for mobile Support
  • See the release notes for a full list of features, updates and improvements included in this release.
  • List of supported devices