Mozilla’s strategy towards Firefox Android releases has seen a rapid escalation in its version numbering, hitting 4, 5, and 6 all this year. It’s a bit odd to see such a bombastic attitude towards ever-increasing release numbers, especially in the course of the year which saw Android OS numbering creep from just 2.3.1 to 2.3.6. Nevertheless, it’s a move that draws the app attention and keeps users interested in staying on top of things. Today, Firefox for Android makes the leap to 7.0, picking up a few new features along the way.

The problem with an accelerated numbering schedule is that you end up with major-revision versions like this, that don’t really feel like they’ve added that much new. Don’t get us wrong; there are certainly some good improvements waiting in Firefox 7.0, but there just aren’t that many, and they’re not that major.

This release should help improve the behavior of copy-and-paste, letting you more easily export text you find on the web to other Android apps. When setting up the app for the first time, it should be a bit smarter about detecting what language to use. Finally, there’s support for WebSockets, which lets the browser easily communicate with web servers over a two-way, single-socket connection.

Sure, Firefox 6.0 may have had a more exciting changelog, but progress is progress. Check out the new Firefox in the Android Market today.

Source: Android Market


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