Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/22/mozilla_releases_firefox_4_betas_for_android_and_desktop/

Mozilla lands fresh Firefox 4 beta on Android, Maemo

Spit and polish desktop beta goes live

By Cade Metz

Posted in Developer, 22nd December 2010 20:28 GMT

Mozilla has released a new Firefox 4 beta for Android and Maemo, hot on the heels of its latest desktop beta.

The new mobile beta adds copy and paste tools to the browser's URL bar. It lets you save websites as PDFs for offline viewing. And it fixes some keyboard issues that plagued the previous beta. Mozilla says it has also simplified setup for Firefox – a means of synchronizing browser setting across devices – while making it easier to discover add-ons.

For the first time, the Firefox 4 beta is available from the Android Market. If you've previously installed a beta on Android, Mozilla suggests you uninstall and then reinstall to ensure smooth updates. The Maemo beta can be downloaded here.

And yes, Mozilla has officially released an eighth Firefox 4 desktop beta. Yesterday, the beta was due to go live, but the download page still pointed to beta 7. You can download beta 8 here.

Like the mobile beta, the desktop beta streamlines Sync setup and revamps the add-on manager. It also beefs WebGl support for accelerated 3D graphics and fixes several hundred bugs. Firefox 4 is due for official release "early next year." ®