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Mozilla Teases Firefox For Tablets

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Mozilla Teases Firefox For Tablets

Mozilla has offered us a glimpse of the version of Firefox in development specifically for Android tablet devices but has not yet revealed a release date.

According to a blog post from Visual Designer at Mozilla, Ian Barlow, the tablet version of the popular open-source browser “is an evolution of its phone-based predecessor, with some added enhancements that take advantage of a tablet’s larger screen size.”

The tablet version has taken its designs hints from Android Honeycomb according to Barlow, drawing on the OS’s “minimalist design language” However you will still know it’s Firefox with the distinctive large ‘back’ button and tab shape (see below).

Firefox for Tablets.

Another signature Firefox feature which will keep its place in the new tablet version will be the Awesomebar, a URL field which let you search bookmarks, history and synched desktop activity.

Mozilla is taking advantage of the greater real estate afforded by tablets, by including a row of tabs now available on the phone version. These will appear on the left hand side of the screen in landscape mode (see below) and on the top of the screen in portrait mode.

Firefox for Tablets

As we said there’s no word on a release date yet, but it’s good to see that someone is working on boosting the number of tablet-specific apps available for Android.

Source: Firefox For Tablets

Denis iii

August 31, 2011, 4:37 pm

Nice, now all I need is a Win8 Intel based tablet.

TR, why do I need to logon each time I want to comment?

Pbryanw

August 31, 2011, 6:04 pm

Yes, I've wondered about that too - the old site managed to keep you logged in between sessions. I'm sure it dissuades people from commenting and rating comments, having to log-in every time. (Sorry about going off-topic)

KultiVator

September 1, 2011, 2:33 pm

Regarding logging in ad-infinitum - this is another of TR's dodgey decisions during the last re-design of the site.

The lively discussions that once flourished here are no more - devaluing the site.

And they've still not sorted out that ugly up-scaled TR logo at the top of each page - shocking from a site that comments on image quality / artefacts. Nothing wrong with the logo design itself, just the poor execution (lumpy bits on several characters, badly cropped 's' (the white one) and tonnes of ropey aliasing that tells of a bitmap that's not being displayed at it's natural resolution).

This all contributes to a gradual erosion of TR's reputation and branding.

Alas - the future does not always deliver progress - and TR's staff have been a little 'off' with their own readership regarding any constructive criticism.

Not good.

Denis iii

September 2, 2011, 5:07 pm

o well, maybe they'll sort it all out AND add easy posting and a forum ale bit-tech and hexus

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