Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox has reached beta. Mozilla’s answer to the browser wars on mobile devices is here to provide its standards-based open-source browser engine, optimized for mobile, that can be embedded by device manufacturers and others, and is going to be a full-featured mobile browser including support for XUL-based add-ons, delivering on Firefox’s key principles of ease-of-use, security and accessibility, and help developers debug and deploy web applications for the mobile market.
Read on after the break what has changed in beta 1, screenshots and how you can get hold of it…
Most notable changes in beta 1 (version 1.0b1)
- Faster application start-up time
- Faster panning
- Faster zooming
- Initial implementation of bookmark folders and bookmark editing
- Support for plug-ins
Here are some screenshots from the alpha2 release (beta1 kept crashing on me):
Fennec is currently only available for Windows Mobile devices (since alpha 1.0a1) and Nokia N810 Internet Tablet tablet devices running OS2008 (“chinook” or “diablo”). The browser is also available as a standalone pack for Win32, Mac OSX and Linux.
Hunting for bugs
Mozilla is hoping to get feeback from developers and encourage add-on developers to port existing add-ons across. If you are interested in helping out or testing this or the next betas as well as add-ons, why not jump over to Mozilla’s newsgroup and provide feedback?
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