There’s already Firefox 5 available, but it seems that Mozilla has already started working on the next iteration of the mobile browser, Firefox 6. A beta version of the app has appeared on the Market and clocking in at 14MB, it does seem to be on the hefty side. Here’s what the description says:
New in this release for Android:
- New initial experience: Firefox starts faster and uses less memory. Get to your home page quickly and discover browser features on the side panels.
- Higher-quality image scaling: View crisp Web pages and images with less pixelation
- Enhanced Firefox experience on large screen tablets
- Improvements to the form helper on Android
- Fresh visual style on Gingerbread OS
- Optimization for pages that use right to left layout rendering, e.g. in Hebrew and Arabic
- Touch Events for better interaction with Web pages
- IndexedDB allows Web pages to store data offline for faster access
- Automatic text hyphenation
Personally, I have found Dolphin HD and Maxthon more intuitive than FF5, and consuming less resources, but may be Firefox 6 will win me over. Head over to the Market on your Android phone or install directly from the web to try.