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Kevin Jackson
03-30-2011, 08:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://lifehacker.com/#!5786774/firefox-4-released-for-android-syncs-amazingly-well-with-firefox-on-the-desktop' target='_blank'>http://lifehacker.com/#!5786774/fir...-on-the-desktop</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Firefox Mobile's main goal is to eliminate the amount of typing you do on your tiny smartphone keyboard. It eases your browsing experience by adding tabs, one-touch bookmarking, and auto-hiding browser controls. You can also easily access your history, bookmarks, and open tabs from the address bar-just like in Firefox 4 on the desktop, as well as access custom search engines and one-tap sharing features."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//adt/auto/1301501071.usr283.png" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Firefox Mobile 4 is now available in all of its glory for your Android device. One of the features that I really like that it brings to the table is tab syncing. Any tabs you have open on any of your computers which are connected to your sync server account are available on any device -- including your Android phone or tablet -- where you have Firefox installed.</p><p>Firefox is a great alternative to the built-in browser and has become my browser of choice on my Streak 7. It's fast, has all of the great features you love in the desktop version, including the aforementioned syncing, tabs, and plug-ins, and it's free for the downloading. One thing not yet supported is Flash, but HTML5 support is fully implemented and works great.</p><p>What is your Android browser of choice? Are a fan of the built-in browser or has Firefox, Opera, or Dolphin captured your attention? Let us know in the forums.</p>

Chris Hordley
04-01-2011, 11:02 AM
I tried Firefox on my Desire a while ago but found it too glitchy. Had problems with Firefox 4 on laptop trying to buy via PayPal today, which upset me enough to try out IE9 which I had installed, so at the moment I will stick with the inbuilt browser on android. One of my concerns would be storage on my Desire internal memory as I am constantly have to shuffle apps to get room. I have tried Dolphin and Opera but not too tempted. I will have to bite the bullet and root my Desire and get round to sorting out the synch key problem I seem to encounter.

Jason Lee
04-05-2011, 04:03 PM
I tried Firefox.. It's pretty bad in my opinion. I haven't used Firefox on my desktop since shortly after Chrome came out so even the sync isn't a motivation. The image rendering looks really bad in FF mobile, especially on my Xoom. Every image is jagged no matter what the zoom level. It's pretty slow to render pages and even start up. Scrolling isn't very smooth and I get lots of checker boarding.

I personally have no issues with the stock browser on my Nexus One or my Xoom. It's especially nice on my Xoom as it syncs with desktop Chrome. :)

If I had to choose a third party browser it would have to be Opera. I hate Opera on my desktop but it is amazing on mobile. It even has a different UI layout when I install it on my tablet. It's very smooth and even Flash works. Of course, I still have no reason to use it over the stock browser so..