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BROWSER: Mozilla releases Fennec pre-Alpha for Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 11.02.09 - 08:19:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 12435x
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While it was expected that Mozilla's first Fennec Windows Mobile build was released late 2008 already, it took a little bit longer to get the first Windows Mobile build available. However, the Fennec developers finally put its Windows Mobile version online and Fennec is now available for public download. Nevertheless, this version is a very early pre-Alpha build with lots of bugs and performance issues but it shows what Fennec for Windows Mobile aka Firefox Mobile will try to deliver in its final version. In order to focus the developers efforts on getting this release out, they have targeted only one device, the HTC Touch Pro. This has a number of user interface implications, including graphics designed for a 300 dpi screen, control layout intended for a VGA screen and reliance on a hardware keyboard for text input.

Some features, we will later see in the final release are not yet working. For instance the auto-update mechanism (both for the browser itself and for extensions) as well as the plug-in support which is currently disabled. Last but not least, there is no softkeyboard support so you need to test it on a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone with a hardware keyboard.

Cheers ~ Arne

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