Firefox for Mobile 1.0 for Maemo Released
Article by George Norman
On 01 Feb 2010
Previously known as “Fennec”, Firefox for Mobile is Firefox’s little brother, a browser version designed by the Mozilla Foundation to run on mobile devices – like for example Nokia mobile phones. The development team behind Fennec – excuse me, Firefox for Mobile – has recently announced that the browser has reached a very important milestone in its development process. To be more precise, Firefox 1.0 for Maemo (the software and development platform used by Nokia) has been released as a final, stable software application.

“Bringing Firefox to mobile devices is the next step toward fulfilling Mozilla’s mission of providing one Web that everyone can access, regardless of device or location. Secure, powerful, and customizable, Firefox is the most modern mobile Web browser available and is optimized for a mobile experience. Key design principles are at the heart of the mobile browsing experience including minimal typing, seamless synchronization with desktop Firefox and the ability to take your Firefox with you, to name a few,” explained Mozilla’s Erica Jostedt.

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Nokia N810 and N900 users can now enjoy the Firefox experience on their mobile device. All they have to do is visit firefox.com/m on their mobile device to download Firefox for Mobile. The mobile version of the Firefox browser comes with all the goodies you’ve come to expect from the Firefox browser – AwesomeBar, Weave Sync, add-ons, location-aware browsing, tabbed browsing, safe browsing, and support for more than 30 languages.

Out of all the various browsers you can use on your mobile device, Firefox is the only one that supports add-ons. Just like with the desktop version, you can use add-on to customize the browser, to add features, to change the browser’s looks, and so on. For the time being there are about 40 add-ons available (see here), but that number is constantly increasing.

The Mozilla Foundation plans to provide a version of Firefox for Mobile for other platforms, mainly Android and Windows Mobile. There are no plans to develop Firefox for iPhone, for Blackberry or for Symbian.



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox for Mobile, Fennec, Nokia, Maemo
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