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BROWSER: Firefox for Android - Work in Progress but not with Fennec
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 03.02.10 - 11:31:41 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 9334x
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It's been a while since we heard from Mozilla's plans to port Firefox Mobile aka Fennec to Google's Android platform but it looks like the project makes some progress now. Vladimir Vukićević reports on his blog that he just got the first web page loaded on Android. While not too much is working yet (or working proper), the current development version is also not running on a real Android smartphone but in an emulator (for ease of debugging). Nevertheless, Vukićević  notices that "it's working just fine on physical hardware as well". Quite interesting is the interface, used for the Android development, because it's the full Firefox interface and not the expected Firefox Mobile/Fennec interface!

According to Vukićević, the project team is "testing with the full interface because it's significantly more complex than the mobile UI and stresses Gecko much more. So, if the full UI works, then Fennec should work fine as well". And the reason for testing the Firefox interface instead of the Fennec interface is quite interesting too: "Given the interest in Android on Netbook and Tablet devices, an updated version of the full Firefox UI might find a home on some of these".

There is no Alpha release available yet but the development team has no doubts it will become available sooner than later. Which leads us to the question what happened with the Windows Mobile version of Fennec?

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Ken on 03.02.10 - 11:59:03

I speculate there's two reasons for putting the Windows Mobile version on hold, and giving Android the priority.

1. Windows Mobile is losing market share (Android is gaining).
2. Windows Mobile is in a state of change, while Microsoft changes to a totally new platform. Developing for the older 'classic' Windows Mobile may be a lost cause.

As the article says, there's a lot of potential with Android devices.

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