Mozilla is a lot like Google: they tirelessly innovate at what they do best. Or at least, that’s the public’s perception of them.
So in view of giving users more flexibility when it comes to browsing the Internet on their mobile phones or other handheld devices, Mozilla plans to introduce a mobile version of the Firefox web browser by 2010.
Granted, 2010 is still quite a long wait, but then again, creating a mobile version of one of the world’s most popular browsers isn’t exactly a piece of cake. And hopefully, Mozilla will use its time to make mobile Firefox hassle-free for users.
The mobile version of Firefox would be pitted against the likes of Opera Mini, Internet Explorer, and Mobile Safari, and should adopt the same “desktop feel” as its desktop counterpart. Apart from what’s mentioned, no other details about mobile Firefox were provided. We guess it’s up to 2010 for us to wait, then.
Via The Register
Update: Well, there’s a piece of good news. Apparently there was some misunderstanding in the article TheRegister reported and you might see mobile Firefox much earlier. The alpha version for geeks might be even out by the end of this year. Here’s comment we received from Tristan Nitot from Mozilla Europe:
Dear Unwiredview.com, I think there is a slight misunderstanding: I’ve never announced a shipping date for Firefox Mobile. Ever. The reason why is that I don’t know when it’s going to be released.
However – and this is probably how you have got the information wrong – my colleague Mitchell Baker, has posted about our 2010 goals on her blog: http://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2008/09/11/proposed-2010-goals/ . It does mention Mobile.
She explains in more details in a subsequent post:
> I saw one press article wondering if including “have an effective product in the mobile space” in our 2010 goals means that we won’t ship something interesting until 2010. That is not the case at all. We will ship well before then. The intent of this goal was to say: in 2010 when we look at where we are, it should be screamingly obvious that we’ve done this. That means releasing a good product much sooner, seeing good results and acceptance, and seeing those results grow over time.
I have discussed Firefox Mobile (codenamed Fennec) in the past saying that we should see an Alpha pre-version hopefully before the end of the year if it’s ready. I would appreciate if you could edit your article accordingly.
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