Mobile Firefox 4 released for Android, but not everyone can have it

Mobile Firefox 4 has just been released for Android and Maemo, but you'll have to be using a pretty high-end phone to be able to use it. PC Pro reports that only ARMv7 processors with Android 2.0 or higher are supported at this stage, which rules out a large chunk of Android users.

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garlik_bread  Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:10

Tried it last night, pretty slow loading and has already crashed a few times on my Desire. Also, Firefox 4 on PC is giving me loads of gip.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:44

I tried it on the Nokia N900 (Maemo) and I see absolutely no point to it - it is slow, and the features are limited. Combined with a UI wants to be 'different' without much advantage to the user, it's below par. They should focus on their desktop 'campaign' imho...
If you want to get people to ditch the phone's stock browser, you have to add 'value' - more and better features, or better speeds. Firefox mobile currently offers neither. Opera, Skyfire, Dolphin etc have little to worry about at this rate.
I think Mozilla quite possibly do not grasp what a mobile browser oughta be. Many successful desktop software devs fail miserably when it comes to mobile apps design - remember the dreadful Yahoo Go app for S60? Or Microsoft's old pocket IE that assumed you were tethered directly to a phonemast and had fingers like chinese chopsticks ;)
Maybe mobile FF 5 will do the job.


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