Fennec Mobile Working on Android 2.0 plus

Mozilla has released the latest version of Fennec v2.0a1 a.k.a Firefox mobile.  As you can see from image above it is in Alpha testing.  This means it is early testing and potentially has bugs.  To download the fennec.apk file you can click on the image above or click here from your Android phone like the Motorola DROID X.  It will prompt you to download the file and then you can install.  Remember you must go into the Menu on phone | Settings | Applications | Check mark Unknown Sources in order to install apps outside of the Android Marketplace.

Fennec version 2.0a1
Firefox Mobile a.k.a Fennec
Once installed and launched you are greeted with a very clean interface as seen to the left.  It was slow to launch the first time and had me concerned but once it loaded seems to be pretty responsive.  There is tab browsing available by swiping left to right as seen in image to the right.

They do offer pinch to zoom however, I found it a little jittery.  If you click the menu button you are greeted with a menu (below) that allows you to fin In Page, Save As PDF and Share Page.  Interesting that you can save the page as a PDF to your phone.  This will be handy to email to someone instead of just a link.  The Share on Page allows you to share the page with Email, Twitter, Google Reader and Facebook.

As an Alpha version I am pleased to see Firefox still working on the mobile addition.  Firefox is one of the leading desktop browsers if not the leading.  

Things I would like to see added or fixed:
  • Speed up browsing
  • Make pinch to zoom smooth
  • Exit button
  • Make install package much smaller (below 5 MB would be nice)
  • Ability to sync bookmarks between desktop and mobile
  • Link to phone feature like Chrome to Phone UPDATE there is a feature called sync for use with Firefox desktop browser 3.6 and above.

As stated in What android browser to use I will test and post about the other options soon.

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