Firefox is one of my favourite browsers, even if I find myself using Chrome more and more lately, but Mozilla is not sitting still waiting for their last days to come, so they’re expanding on mobile platforms pretty fast. The latest announcement targets Firefox for Android Honeycomb tablets, an unexpected version that’s in pretty advanced development stage if we look at the screenshots released by Mozilla.
So let’s take a quick look at what Firefox for Android tablets brings to the table compared with the default system browser. The most important addition is the tab bar, placed on the left side in landscape mode, where each open tab is represented by a large thumbnail (with a close button). If the list is large enough you’ll be able to scroll up and down. I’m curious if you’ll be able to hide that tab list in case you need more horizontal space, but that’s not clear at this point.
When you rotate your Honeycomb tablet in portrait mode the tabs are displayed at the top, much smaller than before, but in a familiar desktop look. And speaking about looks, Firefox for Android device retains the simple look of Honeycomb while keeping Mozilla’s branding elements we’re so used to.
The Awesome bar is present too which means lots of suggestions when you start typing for an URL, search term of bookmark title. These suggestions are grouped in four tabs: all pages, bookmarks, history and your synced desktop activity. Unfortunately this is just a preview, so we don’t know yet when Mozilla will be able to deliver the first working beta, but since the desktop version of Firefox is speeding up its release schedule I expect to get the Honeycomb version of Firefox pretty soon, maybe before the end of the year.