Firefox for Android Beta adds guest browsing, new customization options


Mozilla released the latest update of its Firefox for Android Beta browser, highlighted by a new guest browsing option enabling users to share their smartphone or tablet with others.

"Guest browsing lets the owner of an Android device log out of his or her current Firefox session (effectively protecting history, bookmarks and open tabs) to enable a guest user to surf the web on Firefox," Mozilla explained. "When the guest is done, he or she simply selects to end the session, and the browsing data from that session will be deleted. From there, the device owner's session is restored."

The updated Firefox for Android Beta additionally lets consumers set any image as their wallpaper or assign it to a contact directly from the web page they're currently viewing by pressing and holding the desired image to bring up the Context menu and selecting "Set image as." Also new: A retooled Settings menu that groups similar settings under categories like Sync, Customize and Privacy to enable more intuitive configuration, as well as a Mixed Content Blocker that stops non-secure websites from loading and new developer tools like remote debugging and SkiaGL performance improvements.

Firefox for Android is available as a free download from the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play storefront. The browser supports devices running Android 2.2 and higher.

Mozilla is also asking consumers to help test a preview version of its new browser optimized for tablets running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8. The touch-friendly browser integrates a tile-based Firefox Start experience and supports Firefox Sync, Windows 8 touch and swipe gestures, Snapped and Fill views, and Windows Share integration. "Because this new version of Firefox uses the same powerful Gecko rendering engine as in Firefox desktop, there's also support for WebGL for compelling 3D graphics and asm.js which supercharges JavaScript in the browser, allowing developers to port high performance C++ games to the web," Mozilla said. "Hardware accelerated full HTML5 video is also supported, including open video formats like WebM and proprietary formats such as H.264."

For more:
- read this Mozilla Future Releases blog post and this blog post

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