In Pictures: First look - Firefox 15 for Android

We took a look at Firefox for Android 15 to consider whether it could finally be the browser of choice on an Android device.

Text legibility

We viewed pages through Firefox and the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) stock browser. The stock browser simply displayed the pages as they would look on a regular desktop browser, but on the much smaller screen of a smartphone (ours measured 4.1-inches diagonally). Text was too tiny to be legible. Double-tapping on paragraphs to trigger auto-zooming and auto-reformatting, or pinch-and-zooming was required to read things. Firefox re-sizes and re-formats the alignment of most of the main text in a page so that it’s a little larger. Words are still small, but they are clearly more legible without needing to zoom in on sections of text. Firefox’s text reflow tried to do the job but struggled.

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