Firefox for Android

Firefox for Android

All smartphones and tablets come with a web browser but many users, me included, want their browsing experience to be as close to what they get on their desktop or notebook PCs. There are obvious limitations – screen size and some technologies unsupported on their particular device like Flash – when using an Android phone or tablet to display web pages.

Like the PC market there are many browsers available, but I keep coming back to using Firefox for my tablet. Most users are aware of ‘pinch zoom’ to make it easier to read parts of a page, but I like the ‘double-tap’ method to zoom. If you haven’t tried it before give it a go, just double tap on the page (I do it in the centre of the part I want to read). Try repeating this to see how it changes the view.

To get back to Firefox, it is quite simply one of the fastest browsers out there now. Even on devices with slower processors users will usually see an immediate improvement in page loading times over the standard browser. Other great features include Firefox Sync which means users who run Firefox on their PCs can have the same bookmarks and other settings synchronized on all their devices. Firefox for Android supports Add ons too and some of the most popular include ad blockers and password managers.

I like the Awesome Screen and Bar feature too. To quote from the official description:
“Firefox’s Android browser keeps everything organized so you don’t have to. The Awesome Screen automatically sorts your favourite sites onto one, easy-to-read page.
Awesome Bar: Firefox learns from you as you browse, so you never have to waste time looking for a website. Search your Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History, and Firefox will help you find the site that you are looking for—with little to no typing.”

Warning – ‘Geek Speak’ ahead: Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, have a policy of supporting, where possible, all the web technologies on mobile devices like HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and even Flash and use well written hardware acceleration coding to achieve the fast performance. This might not mean much to you, but the bottom line is that this is a modern, well made browser that you should try – especially if you are disappointed with the stock browser on your device. Let us know what you think by rating it below too.

Firefox for Android

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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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