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Mozilla upgrades Firefox Android app

Mozilla today released an updated version of Firefox for Android that the company said is "faster, smarter, and safer than ever before."

The revamped app is available now in the Google Play store.

Mozilla touted the improved speed of the new app. "You'll notice dramatic performance improvements that make Firefox on your Android phone super fast with everything from startup and page load times to panning and zooming and Web app performance when you just want to play Mozilla's BrowserQuest game with your friends," Mozilla wrote in a blog post.

The company said its browser is "significantly faster" than the stock browser that currently ships on Android phones, according to benchmarks like Sunspider and the new, Mozilla-developed Eideticker.

In terms of features, the new app "has a fresh, streamlined look with a personalised start page that saves you time getting where you want to go on the Web," Mozilla said.

A new Awesome Screen syncs browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, and form data from the desktop PC browser to your Android device. Mozilla also optimised features like tabbed browsing, Firefox Sync, and Firefox Add-ons for mobile.

Firefox for Android also supports Flash, so the updated browser will allow for more video watching, game play, and Web interactions than before. Mozilla also promised enhanced HTML5 capabilities, which will help developers create richer Web apps and websites.

On the security front, there is support for things like Do Not Track, Master Password, HTTP Strict Transport Security, and more.

For more details, check out the release notes.