As Promised, Fennec Alpha Comes to Android

An early look version of Mozilla’s Fennec mobile browser has been around for quite some time now, but the Firefox developer has come out and released an alpha version today. We’re talking official stuff, direct from Mozilla here and not some nightly builds. Just a friendly heads up: you’ll need Android 2.0 or higher in order to get it to install. Oh yeah, it’s also available for Nokia N900 too.  

This Alpha release includes Electrolysis, which allows the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content. By doing this, Fennec is able to react much 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 greatly improve performance in graphic intensive actions like scrolling, zooming, animations and video.

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  • Davest

    33 MB?!? Insane…they’ll have to get that down if they want this to be a serious contender.

  • Davest

    Wow…and even after moving to SD card, it still takes up more than 21 MB on the phone.

  • jay

    Suck does not load. Slow and way tomuch space

  • Scott

    Waaaay too much space. Kept saying my phone was running out of storage space and I was wondering why, then I realized this guy takes up a huge chunk.

    I’ll pass for now.

  • plainbrad

    Yeah, way too big.