Mozilla unveils Fennec 2.0 alpha browser for Android

Mozilla has released an alpha version of its mobile browser for smartphones running Google's Android operating system.

According to Mozilla, Fennec 2.0, which is built on the same Gecko engine that powers the better-known Firefox 4, adds integrated synchronization and boosts performance by separating user interface and rendering processes.

Fennec 2.0 alpha includes:

1) Electrolysis: Allows the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content. This result in Fennec being able to react much faster to user input while pages are loading or CPU intensive JavaScript is running.

2) Sync service (the same service which Mozilla included in its Firefox 4 Beta): The service keeps bookmarks, passwords, browser history, open tabs and other data consistent across multiple computers and smartphones. Notably Sync was available in previous versions of Firefox too, but it needed add-ons. But Mozilla has inbuilt Sync in Firefox 4 Beta and Fennec 2.0.

Android smartphone owners can download Fennec 2.0 from Mozilla's mobile site. --------

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