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Fennec Alpha Now Available for Android and Nokia N900

By Sindre Lia, Friday 27 August 2010
 
The Fennec Alpha release of the next major version of the browser is now available for Android and Nokia N900 users.

According to Mozilla, the Alpha release of the next major version of Fennec is now available for Android and Nokia N900 users to download and test. Fennec (codename for Firefox Mobile) is the first mobile browser to offer add-ons and is built on the same technology that powers desktop Firefox.

Fennec Alpha now creates one fluid Web experience between desktop and mobile devices by providing Firefox Sync built-in into the browser, which provides seamless access to Awesome Bar browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs.

According to Mozilla, the main focus of this release is to increase performance and responsiveness to user actions by using two major technologies, "Electrolysis" and "Layers".

This Alpha release includes Electrolysis, which allows the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content. This way, Fennec is able to reach faster to user input while pages are loading or CPU intensive JavaScript is running.

The upcoming beta release will start taking advantage of Layers to improve performance in graphic intensive actions like scrolling, zooming, animations and video. The Fennec team is also working to optimize these actions using the hardware-accelerated graphics rendering capabilities showing up in today's high-end smartphones.

Mozilla has made available a full list of features with this release here.
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