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DEMO: Concept Video shows how Firefox Mobile might looks like
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 13.06.08 - 19:45:59 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 14480x
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Looks 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. Aza Raskin, 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

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