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BROWSER: Fennec Alpha 1 officially released for Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 15.05.09 - 22:28:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15078x
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It's some time ago since we first wrote about plans to Firefox to Windows Mobile the Mozilla developers called Fennec later and finally, the developers announced that Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 is available for for official download. As mentioned by the developers, this is an early developer release intended for testing purposes only. Still, this release has been targeted and tested on the HTC Touch Pro but for sure it's still planned that more Windows Mobile devices are supported in future releases. Nevertheless, while still far away from a release candidate or the final version, the development team has made some good progress during the past months.

  • The memory management library developed by Jason Evans and used by Firefox, has been ported to Windows CE and turned on for Fennec. This allows Fennec to manage memory much more efficiently.
  • Fennec's user interface controls have been rebuilt to be entirely CSS based. This will allow to more easily adjust the UI for various screen sizes and resolutions in the future. Its also demonstrates how web technologies can be used to create compelling user interfaces. The look and feel will continue to evolve as the product is developed but this release should give a sense of the direction its going in.
  • Finally, this release also supports add-ons. Add-ons are integral to promoting openness and innovation on the web and are unique to Fennec in the mobile space.

If you want to test Fennec on your Windows Mobile smartphone as well, bhe first time you run Fennec it will spend some time creating your profile. This may take a minute or two, please be patient.
Also, while it's clear since this version is a very early Alpha, the development team advises that it is not yet recommended to use this release for daily browsing tasks. Certain performance problems could become immediately apparent to you. Panning has a noticeable delay between first touching the page and the page moving but anyway - a public Alpha is finally here.

Cheers ~ Arne

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