like the developers of of the upcoming
Firefox Mobile (which is now code-named
"Fennec"), which will be available for Windows Mobile also, makes some progress.
a user interface expert and head of UX for Mozilla Labs, recently published a concept video in his
blog which demos how Firefox Mobile might work. User experience is the most
important aspect of having a compelling mobile product. According to Raskin,
many of the standard interaction models, like menus, always-present chrome and
having a cursor, don't necessarily make sense on mobile.
While all of the images and videos are only conceptual mockups of an
experimental UI for Firefox Mobile and any particular feature may end up looking
entirely different, or may not even make it into the final release, it's quite
interesting to see what the Firefox Mobile team has in mind:
The video above shows the concept prototype for Firefox Mobile for touch
screen devices and it seems to be confirmed already that Firefox Mobile will not
support multitouch displays:
"Firefox should be able to run on the least common denominator of touch
devices. Especially for touch-enabled interfaces direct manipulation is key.
Along that line of thought, the interface should be operable with a finger.
Switching between input methods is time-consuming and annoying, so the user
shouldn't have to switch to a stylus or other secondary form of input, Raskin
explains in his blog posting.
As Mozilla unveiled earlier already, Firefox Mobile will work on
non-touchscreen devices also but that's out of scope for this demo.
Cheers ~ Arne