Mozilla launches pre-alpha build of Fennec on Android (Update)
Apr28

Mozilla launches pre-alpha build of Fennec on Android (Update)

For those of you who haven’t heard of mobile Firefox a.k.a. Fennec, Mozilla’s free mobile Web browser for all open platforms, come on, really? You haven’t heard of Fennec at all? You can’t be serious, can you? That aside, Mozilla has just announced the availability of a pre-alpha build of Fennec for Android smartphones from the T-Mobile G1 to the HTC Droid Incredible. Though the devs behind it openly admit that they’ve only really tested the pre-alpha build on a couple of phones (namely, the Droid and Nexus One), this should work on all Android phones with an Internet connection. The devs warn of several unavoidable bugs and crashes that accompany the software, but say that this is due to the fact that it’s only a pre-alpha build that’s being made available because it is in a usable state. There’s even an experimental version of Weave that’s compatible with this version of Fennec, also available for download to Android phones. For more info on how to try out this pre-alpha Fennec build on Android, check out the developer blog link below. Update: Commenter Matt Brubeck was quick to point out that this pre-alpha build of Fennec will only work on phones running Android 2.0 or later. He adds, “…phones like the G1 that are still running Android 1.6 will not work (except maybe if you have rooted them and installed a custom ROM).” Via Vladimir...

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Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 now available
May15

Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 now available

Three months after the pre-alpha Fennec for HTC Touch Pro was released, now Mozilla has launched the Alpha 1 version of its browser for Windows Mobile 6. Naturally, this version has the same overall look as the one released for Maemo devices. It is entirely CSS-based, it supports add-ons and it includes the JeMalloc memory management library. Since we’re talking about an early version, Mozilla’s devs don’t recommend the use of Fennec Alpha 1 for everyday browsing. However, anyone’s free to test it – download it from here and make sure to read the release notes.   The Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 was tested only on HTC Touch Pro, but it might work on other WM phones too. A video walkthrough of the browser can be watched below: Via The Mozilla...

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Firefox Mobile (Fennec) to use Google Location Services
May01

Firefox Mobile (Fennec) to use Google Location Services

Mozilla Firefox for mobile, aka Fennec, will feature geolocation, thanks to Google’s Location Services. According to Doug Turner from Mozilla, geolocation will be an “opt-in tool” that shares users’ location only if they want to.  If you allow Fennec to use geolocation, the browser will become smarter, providing a better Web experience. For example, when you search for “pizza” via your phone, the browser will return only relevant info, like pizza restaurants from your area.  More about privacy issues regarding location sharing can be read at Mozilla’s official website.  The geolocation feature will also be included in Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 for desktop, which should be released in the near future. As for the availability of Firefox for mobile, it’s said that Mozilla will release an alpha version pretty soon, with a beta one coming during the summer. Via WM...

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Mozilla Fennec 1.0 Beta 1 for Maemo released
Mar18

Mozilla Fennec 1.0 Beta 1 for Maemo released

After launching several alpha versions of Fennec, Mozilla has now introduced the first Beta edition of its mobile browser, called Fennec 1.0 Beta 1. Currently available only for the Maemo platform (Nokia N810), Fennec 1.0 Beta 1 comes with many speed and performance enhancements and it can be used as the primary browser on a N810 device. Fennec has lots of features from Mozilla Firefox for desktop – like support for Flash videos (so you can watch YouTube, for example). Also, add-ons are available, including a Weave Sync add-on (downloadable from here) and a gesture add-on.    To download the beta Fennec on your N810, you must go to Mozilla’s official website. Of course, if you don’t have a Nokia N810, you can still try the Fennec 1.0 Beta 1 via your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Below you have two videos, with the general presentation of Fennec 1.0 Beta 1 and with the gesture add-on’s features:   Via Pavlov’s...

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Mozilla Fennec to sync tabs between desktop and mobile browsers
Feb24

Mozilla Fennec to sync tabs between desktop and mobile browsers

It looks like the non-beta version of Fennec, aka Mozilla Firefox Mobile, will bring more than we’ve expected. For instance, Jono from Mozilla Labs says Fennec will come with Weave – a Mozilla application that is now capable of syncing open tabs between your desktop computer and your mobile device. Which means that every Firefox browser you have will allow you to access open tabs from other synced browsers (even if they’re more than two), and open them on the device you’re currently using. This surely sounds interesting, so let’s hope the guys at Mozilla Labs will soon come up with the final and ready-to-rock...

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Firefox Mobile (Fennec) for HTC Touch Pro scheduled for February
Jan27

Firefox Mobile (Fennec) for HTC Touch Pro scheduled for February

Available until now only for Nokia’s N810 Internet Tablet, Mozilla Firefox Mobile (known under the codename Fennec) might be released pretty soon for Windows Mobile too. The Mozilla Wiki webpage says that the company is “targeting a Milestone release for the first week of February, targeting the HTC Touch Pro.” As you can see, not all WM handsets out there will be able to run Fennec starting February. Even so, this is a good start for the mobile Firefox browser, and I guess it won’t be long until we get to see a full Windows Mobile version of it.  Mozilla developers are probably working at this very moment for the Windows Mobile Fennec, so let’s wait for February and see what it will be like. Via...

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Mozilla outs Fennec alpha 2, the new version of Firefox for mobiles
Dec24

Mozilla outs Fennec alpha 2, the new version of Firefox for mobiles

The second version of Fennec, Mozilla’s mobile browser, is now available for download. It’s the M10 alpha 2 edition and, like in the case of the first edition, the only mobile device that supports it is, for now, Nokia N810 Internet Tablet (with OS2008).   Those who don’t have a N810 but still want to try out Mozilla’s new mobile browser can also do it, since it can be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux too. The changes that Fennec alpha 2 comes with are not major, including speed and usability enhancements.     Here’s the new stuff: Enhanced responsiveness while pages are loading Faster zooming and panning Improved usability, thanks to changes in look and feel New content manipulation hooks for extension authors To download Mozilla Fennec alpha 2 for Nokia N810, visit this link. For the Windows version, you can click here, for the Mac version here, and for the Linux one, here.   Source: Mozilla, via...

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Mobile Firefox for Symbian in the works, planned completion in 2009
Dec15

Mobile Firefox for Symbian in the works, planned completion in 2009

How long do you think you’ll have to wait until you finally see a version of Mobile Firefox (or Fennec) running on your beloved Symbian device? 1 month? 1 year? Nope, the Mobile Firefox team is already working on it with Engineers from Symbian, and together they plan to finish the project by April 2009. The two teams are working on the Symbian version while work on other platforms is also carried out. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Symbian port gets the most attention, since if they’re aiming for market presence, Firefox Mobile better be available on the smartphone platform with the largest number of sales. In a post on his blog, Christian Sejersen also admits this to an extent: In Q3 2008 Symbian had 49.8% of the total smartphone sales (and 57% in Q2) according to Gartner compared to 11.1% for Windows Mobile and 7.2% for Linux. There are a few other platforms: iPhone, RIM and Android that have or are gaining market share, where we for technical or licensing reasons can’t be deployed. So in order for Mozilla to be relevant in the smartphone space we need to have a presence on the Symbian platform. The projected date for a full browsing-enabled Fennec for Symbian is April 2009, but a basic/limited browsing feature is also planned for February. We’ll watch out for the first release of this port next year and provide you with more details as we find...

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Mozilla’s Jay Sullivan talks about the future of Fennec and why it won’t appear on Android Market any time soon
Nov09

Mozilla’s Jay Sullivan talks about the future of Fennec and why it won’t appear on Android Market any time soon

While the alpha version of mobile Firefox, more commonly known as “Fennec” these days, has already been out for several weeks, it shouldn’t be forgotten that a proper beta version will be released shortly, and a full-fledged version 1.0 will be rolled out in the near future. But how near? Mozilla’s VP of mobile Jay Sullivan lets us in on all the juicy details and more, via a recent interview with ABC News. The alpha release of Fennec is already available for download, and so far, Sullivan says the developer-feedback has been rather positive. It is also said that early tests are showing competitive JavaScript performance with Android and mobile Safari JavaScript performance, which also means competitive speed. In the coming months, as more and more developers gain access to Fennec’s inner workings and start to get to know it a little better than us normal, consumer folk, we will start to see the emergence of add-ons that will make it all the more useful. Though it’s barely “consumer-ready” right now, as per Jay Sullivan’s comments, we could officially see Fennec on consumer phones as early as the first part of 2009. And it’ll incorporate the so-called “Awesome Bar” from Firefox 3.0, which does much more than your usual browser URL bar, as well as support for Mozilla’s research project called Weave. “One of my goals with Fennec is to leverage the number of Firefox users we have on the desktop,” Sullivan says, and Weave will help make this possible as it enables users to access his desktop remotely over the Web. However, aside from the many kinks and bugs that still remain with Fennec in its current version, Mozilla also faces the difficult task of finding ways to distribute it. The mobile Safari browser is pretty much one of the iPhone’s biggest selling points, with its ability to render pages as desktop-accurate as possible (and speedily at that), so it could be a long shot for Fennec to appear in the app store in the future. Likewise, Microsoft, Google, and RIM all bundle mobile web browsers with their mobile operating systems, which are Windows Mobile, the open-source Android, and BlackBerry, respectively. So Fennec could also have a hard time in making its way to those platforms. Hopefully, Mozilla manages to strike out deals with handset makers the way Opera has with its mobile browser, Opera Mini. Further in his interview, Sullivan teases that future versions of Fennec might work with haptic interfaces and some sort of voice control. But don’t hold your breath for those because they may still take months, if not years to develop and deploy....

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Mozilla Fennec’s first alpha released for Nokia N810, Windows, OS X and Linux
Oct18

Mozilla Fennec’s first alpha released for Nokia N810, Windows, OS X and Linux

Great news for those who have been waiting for the first alpha release of Mobile Firefox (a.k.a. Fennec) for the Nokia N810. Apparently, Mozilla was just reached milestone 9 with Fennec, and they have now released mobile builds for the Maemo-based Nokia N800 and N810 Internet tablets. What’s more, Fennec is also available for download and use on one’s own desktop, whether it be using a Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Yep, you can test Mobile Firefox on your desktop at the same time you can on your mobile. This first release is called “User Experience” alpha, and according to Mark Finkle who’s currently part of the team working on Fennec, “We really want to get Fennec in front of as many people as possible and get feedback.” There’s no telling how soon (or how long before Fennec goes into its first beta, but what’s sure now is that almost anybody can try it out if they want, as instructions to install on mobile devices are available here, and its desktop versions are available for download here (Windows), here (OS X), and here (Linux). Via mark finkle’s...

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