Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Feb 2013 21:07 UTC
Google "No, there's only one area where Android falls really, horribly, undeniably short when it comes to the tablet form factor: The web browser. It's the most fundamental tablet app, IMHO, and yet the web experience on Android could not possibly be worse." This, right here, is it. On my Nexus 7 - there's not a single decent web browser. Not one. The stock browser? Crashes a lot. Chrome? Slow, touch-unfriendly UI, laggy, and locks up all the time. Everything else uses non-standard UIs are, are plain buggy, are also slow, or any combination of the three - and yes, this includes your favourite browser. I've been through them all. Just yesterday I loaded up my iPhone 3GS, and Safari was like a dream. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8? Buttery smooth and excellent UI. How Google - a web company - can let this situation persist is beyond me.
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RE[2]: No love for Firefox?
by WereCatf on Mon 11th Feb 2013 05:44 UTC in reply to "RE: No love for Firefox?"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Firefox on android is beautiful and responsive. My favourite feature is the reader mode, stripping the useless website cruft and focusing on articles.
Syncing, sharing, desktop mode and source viewers work perfectly.


I just decided to try the Firefox Beta on my tablet and phone and, well, it sure seems to have improved quite a bit from the last time I tried it -- it's fast and lean, and doesn't seem to stutter or anything. It also allows me to sync my bookmarks between my laptop, desktop and the two Android-devices and grants me access to Firefox plugins, so it's all good.

One minor nit-pick, though: I don't need to be able to see the URL-bar at all times. I know perfectly well what website I am on, thank you very much, but I would like to have a toolbar there instead with quick access to things like e.g. reload, zoom back out et. al.

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RE[3]: No love for Firefox?
by crystall on Mon 11th Feb 2013 10:57 in reply to "RE[2]: No love for Firefox?"
crystall Member since:
2007-02-06

There's an add-on available for full-screen browsing:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/mobile/addon/full-screen-252573/

Unfortunately it doesn't give you any sort of other functionality so to access the other controls you need to quit the full-screen mode.

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RE[3]: No love for Firefox?
by WereCatf on Mon 11th Feb 2013 15:28 in reply to "RE[2]: No love for Firefox?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, I decided the Firefox Beta ain't useable, it screws up font rendering all the way to hell. The following screenshot should be self-explanatory: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11811685/FF%20screenshot.png

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RE[4]: No love for Firefox?
by dnebdal on Wed 13th Feb 2013 18:00 in reply to "RE[3]: No love for Firefox?"
dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

Well, I decided the Firefox Beta ain't useable, it screws up font rendering all the way to hell. The following screenshot should be self-explanatory: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11811685/FF%20screenshot.png


It's a known issue - https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=707195 .

The workaround is to set the font size to the smallest possible, which makes it consistent, and then zooming in. I'd suggest also enabling Pinch to reflow text, so it wraps to fit - but be aware that this makes it a bit confusing to navigate on pages, since zooming will leave you in a different place than you started. (I do hope they get around to centering the view on the location you zoomed into/out from eventually. It works if you don't reflow the page on zoom.)

In Aurora (FF nightly) on a galaxy S2, it looks like this for me: http://nebdal.net/images/firefox_mobile.png

Edited 2013-02-13 18:11 UTC

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