updated 08:25 pm EDT, Thu October 7, 2010
Firefox 4 mobile beta arrives
Mozilla this evening posted the first beta of Firefox 4 mobile for Android and Maemo devices. Known as Fennec before the change, the new version introduces a Layers concept that should be much faster for animation, scrolling and zooms through the interface. It now recognizes multi-touch zooming on any device that supports the feature itself and carries Firefox Sync of bookmarks, forms, history and tabs from the desktop.
Mozilla hasn't said if or when a beta will be ready for Windows Mobile despite the presence of an alpha, but it won't develop a Windows Phone 7 version due to OS limits. BlackBerry has been ruled out for similar reasons, and Apple's non-compete iOS rules have led Mozilla to stick to Firefox Home and use WebKit for site visits in the sync app.