Firefox Mobile (Fennec) for Android leaked


An early build of the Android version of Firefox Mobile (Fennec) has been leaked 2 days ago. In true Fennec fashion the whole thing is slow, crashes and might not even work on you Android handset. Remember that this is an early unofficial build and lets hope that the thing improves in the coming months unlike the Windows Mobile version (it remained un-usable even after several release until Mozilla decided to ditch the whole thing..meh).

Source: Android Forums & XDA

Mozilla stops development of FireFox for Windows Mobile. No plans for a Windows Phone 7 version.


In a statement posted today, th eMozilla team is announcing the end of the Firefox for Windows Mobile development effort and that there are no plans to develop a Windows Phone 7 Series version unless Microsoft allows native third partie applications on the news OS (yeah sure…). Here’s the full statement:

We have been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile for quite a while, with the expectation that Microsoft would be doubling down in the mobile market and hoping that they would put out a great new mobile operating system. We’ve been following the Windows Phone 7 announcements quite closely for the last few weeks, and had one of our developers in attendance at MIX last week. We know that the underlying platform for Windows Phone 7 is Windows CE 6, which is a big step up from the kernel used by Windows Mobile 6.5. Windows CE 6 is a platform that we have been developing towards, and already run well on, leaving us well positioned to have an awesome browser on Windows Phone 7.

While we think Windows Phone 7 looks interesting and has the potential to do well in the market, Microsoft has unfortunately decided to close off development to native applications. Because of this, we won’t be able to provide Firefox for Windows Phone 7 at this time. Given that Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5) and because we don’t know if or when Microsoft will release a native development kit, we are putting our Windows Mobile development on hold.

The work on this project that the community and our engineering, QA, build, and automation teams has done has been great. I expect us to be able to use much of the knowledge and work for other platforms. We will be disabling the builds and test automation shortly, and developers shouldn’t worry if the tree breaks.

While I hope that we do see Microsoft provide us with a way to build Firefox for Windows Phone 7, we will continue to focus on the things that we can control: building a great consumer product on both Android and Maemo.

Microsoft has currently now plans for an NDK and I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens until late 2011 if the boys in Redmond change their minds (remember that the Android NDK only came out more than a year after the initial launch of the OS). We are not missing much in regards to the cancellation of Firefox for Winmo. Mozilla has be working on this for several years and so far all the alpha versions have sucked big time (contrary to the Maemo version).

Source: Mozilla

Firefox Mobile for Maemo5 (Nokia N900) now available


Following the RC1 release less than a month ago here comes the final bersion of Firefox mobile for Nokia’s Maemo platform (Nokia N900). Just like its bigger brother the mobile version of Firefox supports add-ons like like AdBlock Plus, URL Fixer, TwitterBar (there are currently more than 40 Firefox add-ons available for mobile).

- Awesome Bar – Go to your favorite sites in just a couple of keystrokes with intelligent and personalized searching

- Weave Sync – Sync your Firefox tabs, history, bookmarks and passwords between your desktop and mobile device for a seamless browsing experience

- Add-ons – Customize your Firefox by adding small pieces of functionality, like games and news readers, that help make the mobile Web browser your own

- Location-Aware Browsing – Get maps and information relevant to your location
Tabbed browsing – View open tabs as thumbnails to easily identify and select the Web page you’d like to go to next

- Safe Browsing – Get an Instant Web Site ID and easily access and edit security settings
Available in more than 30 languages and counting

Head over here for more info. You can download firefox mobile for the N900 here.

Source: Mozilla Blog

Firefox for Maemo RC1 released


To start of the new year Mozilla just released the RC1 of Firefox for Meamo so all you lucky N900 (& N810) user cantry it out. You can check out the changelog here.

To help bring in the new year, Mozilla has released the first release candidate of Firefox for Maemo. If you’ve already got beta 5 installed on your N900 or N810, you will be receiving a software update shortly. Otherwise, if you’re viewing this on your device, you can install it from here.

As always, we’ve provided unbranded Fennec desktop builds on Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can use these if you don’t have a Maemo device or to aid in addon-on development.

We’ve improved text rendering, added new hooks for add-on developers, and continued to polish the application. We’ve addressed many N900 specific issues, including installing to /opt and the fixing the symbol picker.

Head over to http://firefox.com/m to download it.

Source: Mozilla Blog via IntoMobile

Nokia N900 Previewed and Loved

N900 preview
PhoneArena just posted their preview of Nokia’s Maemo 5 smartphone the glorious N900. They found the device to be really impressive, like the majority of those who got  a chance to handle the phone. Especially the browsing experience:

Now, this is what the Nokia N900 is all about. The device is equipped with own Maemo browser based the Mozilla technology and sports full Adobe Flash 9.4 support.
Web pages get visualized just like they do on normal computer screens and are automatically downsized to fit the display. When this happens, you will typically need to zoom in to be able to read the text more easily. This can be done by double-tapping the screen or making a circular motion clockwise, with a counter-clockwise gesture assigned to the zoom out function. This reminds of the HTC Touch, because you make the same motions to do the same things when browsing pictures only. The Flash support is smashing – all Flash elements get properly visualized without a hitch, even the video players on websites like Viddler.com and Vimeo.com, games on Facebook (say Mafia Wars), our own 360-degree views and we must say the latter are heavy indeed. We are most impressed, so fingers crossed the retail N900 will perform just as well and why not even better. Well done, Nokia! We wish all smartphones had such a browser…

If only it had a capacitive touchscreen..the circle motion to zoom in/out is nice, but not really as intuitive as pinching.

We are truly impressed by both the Nokia N900 and Maemo 5, so we just cannot wait to get a hold of a final unit. With its great functionality, the latest internet tablet of the manufacturer does stand a chance of winning over many people and we can confidently say theinternet browser is the best of its kind we have ever seen on a mobile device. Using the operating system, even on a prototype, is enjoyable and the multimedia functionality of the tablet is more than enough to please even the most exacting people. Don’t forget the Nokia N900 allows normal calls over cellular networks, which makes the device look even more appealing.

If Nokia continues to release new devices running Maemo (including normal cell phones), the operating system has the potential to gain smashing popularity, provided enough third-party applications roll out. We completely agree with what a fellow cell phone reporter said at Nokia World 2009 – “Maemo 5 iswhat Symbian should have been”. Can the tablet fully replace a normal cell phone? Well, we will tell you that when we´ve had the chance to review a retail unit of the Nokia N900.

Also check out Spotify running on the N900 here

Source: PhoneArena