Firefox for Android reaches 'full' status

Mozilla drops the "RC" and "beta" qualifications to bring you the first complete version of Firefox for Android (it's available for Maemo, too.)

Firefox for Android, the awesome screen
Access bookmarks and browsing history with the "awesome screen" on Firefox for Android. Mozilla

For Android devotees, Mozilla's issuance of Firefox for Android has been a long wait. Sure, the browser maker added it to the Android Market in beta form months ago and made the release candidate (RC) available last week.

However, today marks the first that the app is available in full, unfettered by qualifications that mark it a prerelease product prone to bugs and subjected to rigorous user testing.

In other words, the app is done.

I gave my hands-on impressions of the faster, better-designed RC version of Firefox 4 for Android (and Maemo) last week. My colleague Seth Rosenblatt also his own hands-on take, and will be back with the results of several benchmarking tests.

In the meantime, try out the free browser for yourself, and let us know what you think--did Mozilla take the lid off just in time, or does Firefox for Android still need some finishing touches?

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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