You could argue that the browsers on the iPhone
browsing. Before those, mobile browsing was usually limited. Very
limited. Few desktop websites could be viewed on mobile browsers, and
for years people begged and pleaded for a mobile version of Firefox
they have it. You could argue that it's too late to make a serious
impact, but it's never too late for competition.
Mozilla has just announced that the Firefox 4 Beta for Mobile is now
available to download and test. For now, it's only available on Android
and Maemo. It does support Firefox Sync, add-ons and the "Awesome Bar,"
and Mozilla has worked hard to improve responsiveness in this build.
They have announced two major changes to make that happen: Electrolysis
and Layers. The alpha contained Electrolysis which allowed the browser
interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web
content, resulting in a much more responsive browser, but this beta
brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in
graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.
It also supports pinch-to-zoom on multi-touch handsets, and the Awesome
Screen instantly gives you access to your recent history, bookmarks
just by tapping in the Awesome Bar. Developers have the power to use the
fast, powerful and beautiful mobile apps and add-ons, so what are you
waiting for? It's a free download!