Mozilla Firefox Mobile Release Candidate Coming Next Week
Thursday, 10 December 2009 07:07
Written by Apocalypso.
After working with Nokia N900 for a few weeks I have to admit that its web browser is one of the best out there when it comes to ease of use, functionality and supported web standards but mobile version of Firefox browser has recently received great attention as an alternative solution and I just can't wait to try, test and explore fully baked version of Firefox Mobile.
Anyway, as we have already mentioned couple of times, Mozilla is polishing its first version of Firefox for Maemo OS and is preparing to launch a release candidate next week with an official debut coming later this month.
"Our goal is to have a release candidate next week," said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's vice president of mobile. "If things go smoothly, we'll have a (final) version out in the next few weeks," with the debut planned for this year, he added.
"You want to put the desktop experience into a pocket-sized device," said Ari Jaaksi, vice president of Maemo devices. "What do people use on the desktop? Firefox."
Mozilla's vice president of mobile, Jay Sullivan, claims the feature-rich browser is "almost an operating system." Firefox Mobile currently supports things like geolocation and orientation direction, but even more functionality is on the way. According to Sullivan, the browser will support multitouch displays, haptic feedback, electrolysis, JetPack, WebGL, and the ability to control a camera.
The initial focus of Fennec development was on building a new user experience that reflects Firefox's design principles, adding touch screen support and other interactions appropriate for mobile phones and other handheld devices, while preserving leading features like the Smart URL Bar ("awesome bar") and support for add-ons.
It will also allow users to easy migrate user data like cookies, bookmarks, forms data, and various other information from their desktop browsers to their mobile devices.