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A few days back, we informed you about the possibility of Firefox Mobile for Android arriving pretty soon. More development has taken place for the mobile version of Firefox for the Android platform. From what I gather, the Firefox Mobile isn’t ready for prime time. Infact developer Vladimir Vukićević discloses that the pre-alpha version is still a ways to go. But the good news here is that the progress is being made in the right direction.a
Mozilla has released the first release candidate of Firefox for Maemo aka Firefox Mobile. This release was expected before christmas but that did not happen did it. Nokia N900 and N810 are supported devices. If you’ve been running the beta, they say RC1 is more polished and that text rendering has improved.
Mozilla has announced Beta 4 of Fennec 1.0 for Maemo platform. The Mozilla Mobile team has brought improvements to the UI as well as the user experience. As always Beta 4 also fixes certain bugs. Special effort has been made to ensure that Fennec 1.0 Beta 4 runs on Nokia N900.
Fennec 1.0 Beta 4 Features
When using Fennec 1.0 Beta 4 for Maemo, you will observe:
- Improved touch-friendly theme
- Improved panning and zooming performance and behavior
- Add search providers from the site identity panel
- Manage search providers from the Add-ons Manager
- Simplified the Download Manager (removed searching and find file on disk)
- Streamlined the bookmarking process
- Simplified the bookmark management
- Popup notification when background tabs open
- Bookmark list now displays the URL and tags associated with a bookmark
- Added a product information page (about:fennec or use the button in Preferences)
- Support for add-ons options in the Add-on Manager
- Support for updating add-ons
- Support for the HandheldFriendly meta-tag (support for the viewport meta-tag is coming)
Fennec is expected to run on Nokia N900, Nokia N810 or Nokia N800.
Mozilla mobile team has just announced the availability of Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile. There are lot of new features and fixes, including improved start time, panning, compositor work, and support for a wider range of screen resolutions.
The first thing you’ll notice is the improved start up time. The next thing to notice is the much improved panning. Mozilla have implemented a tile cache rendering system (much like you see on Google maps) that allows us to cache previously rendered content and avoid duplicating the work. This allowed to switch over to native scrolling surfaces which has greatly improved panning performance.
Thirdly is the compositor work, which reduces the amount of native widgets we have to deal with when rendering or scrolling and a change to keep track of the invalidated regions ourselves rather than rely on the system do it.
You’ll notice support a wider range of screen resolutions through the use of CSS media queries, which really show’s the power of our XUL based front end.
Do check out previous releases..
Fennec, the mobile version of the popular Firefox browser, has been updated. While until now Windows Mobile users were able to enjoy the Alpha 1 release of the software solution, the Alpha 2 version has been released into the wild, and is now available for download. At the same time, the development team also updated the Fennec version for Maemo, as well as those for Windows and Linux PCs and for Macs.
The Fennec version for Maemo has been updated as well, and now the Beta 2 version is available, which comes with about the same improvements as the Alpha 2 version for Windows Mobile. The release can be downloaded for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablets, yet those that do not own such a device but would like to take a look at the browser should know that they can try it on their desktop PCs. The browser is available on Softpedia as well, just follow the links.
Fennec Add-ons being built by the community, including things like GeoGuide which will use the new Location Aware APIs to show you things like maps and weather near where you currently are, and other things like GraffiTwit, a Twitter client that lets you not only write tweets but also post images you’ve drawn.