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Firefox for Android: Better Privacy, More Device Support

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To go along with the desktop release of Firefox 20, Mozilla has updated Firefox for Android.

The latest version of Firefox for Android is available in the Google Play Store.

Like its desktop cousin, Firefox for Android features a new per-window private browsing mode, which makes it easier to log in to two separate accounts for the same service at the same time — think Gmail for home and work, or personal and work Twitter accounts.

In addition to the new features found in the desktop release, Firefox 20 for Android offers a number of small fixes that improve the mobile interface. For example, the virtual keyboard no longer automatically comes up when you view your bookmarks, making it possible to see more of your actual bookmarks (if you tap the search field, then the keyboard will come up). The Top Sites list in your about:home page is now customizable.

Less welcome, the ‘Quit’ menu item has been removed from Firefox versions running on Ice Cream Sandwich and higher. That’s in keeping with Android platform conventions, but if you used the Quit menu regularly, it’s annoying. Fortunately the QuitNow add-on more or less covers the same ground.

Mozilla also continues to bring features to older versions of Android, adding support for H.264 video and AAC/MP3 audio hardware decoders to phones running Gingerbread and Honeycomb.

For more details on everything that’s new in Firefox 20 for Android, be sure to check out Mozilla’s release notes.