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COMPETITION: Browser developers discover mobile devices as a new target audience
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 09.12.04 - 13:13:23 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10570x
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It took a while to get third party browsers available for mobile devices but after Access with its Netfront browser, also Opera jumped the multi-platform support and now Mozilla.

According a CNet article, Mozilla is working on a mobile version supporting mobile devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and even set-top boxes:

The Mozilla Foundation claims to be working with various phone manufacturers, who are already using Minimo, a 'mini-Mozilla' browser for consumer devices.

Mozilla is hoping to move on from its success in the browser desktop market, to tackle the market for browsers on consumer devices, such as phones, PDAs and television set-top boxes.

Doug Turner, the project leader of Minimo, the slimmed-down Mozilla browser, said that Mozilla hopes to build on the success of Firefox.
"If Firefox is the greatest browser on the desktop, we need the greatest browser on devices and are working hard on it," said Turner.

Turner said there are two mobile phone companies that are already using Minimo. He cannot reveal the names of the companies that it is working with, but said there will be at least one announcement in the near future regarding a partnership with a TV manufacturer.

Minimo developers have already found a solution to the problem of rendering Web pages on small devices. This feature was included in both version 0.1 and 0.2 of Minimo. Turner claims that this solution is already better than some products in the marketplace.

"A lot of browsers ignore frames or have limited Javascript support - they do terrible jobs," said Turner. "With Minimo, if it renders OK in Firefox, it will render OK in Minimo."


"We can be ported to many platforms that Opera can't," said Turner. "Mozilla has been developed to work on every flavour of Unix and every type of processor, chip or widget set."

A spokeswoman for Opera said that Mozilla doesn't have as much experience of developing for mobile platforms. "These are interesting comments, although I am not sure that delivering on many flavours of Unix is going to get you onto very many mobile phones," said the spokeswoman. "We have been working on mobile browsers for six years."

Read the complete article over at CNet.

Interesting news and I appreciate these developments. Hope it will make its way to Windows Mobile as well.

Cheers ~ Arne

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