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DEVELOPMENT: Mozilla Foundation to port Firefox to Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 10.10.07 - 16:57:25 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11702x
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Late but not too late, Mike Schroepfer from the Mozilla Foundation posted on his blog yesterday, that there are plans now to officially port Mozilla to mobile devices.
This means that the Mozilla Foundation will make core platform decisions with mobile devices as first-class citizens to ship a version of "Mobile Firefox" which can, among other things, run Firefox extensions on mobile devices and allow others to build rich applications via XUL.
Furthermore it's planned that Mozilla will expand its small team of full-time mobile contributors to focus on the technology and application needs of mobile devices.

The Firefox Foundation hasn't yet determined what the target platforms will be but I'm quite sure, Windows Mobile (and please keep in mind there are two Windows Mobile platform: with and without touch screen) will be one of it. A public release of Mobile Firefox is not planned before 2008 so stay tuned for further information.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by M Freitas on 10.10.07 - 21:30:10

Shame this comment on the footnotes:

"Preferrably start with Symbian (for obvious reasons)."

Posted by M Freitas on 10.10.07 - 21:34:56

And reading down:

"* Getting a no-compromise web experience on devices requires significant memory (>=64MB) as well as significant CPU horsepower. High end devices today are just approaching these requirements and will be commonplace soon For example, the iPhone has 128MB of DRAM and somewhere between a 400 to 600 MHz processor. It is somewhere between 10x-100x slower on scripting benchmarks than a new MacBook Pro and somewhere between 3-5x slower than an old T40 laptop on the same wifi network. But rapid improvements in mobile processors will close this gap within a few years. There are chips "

The devices are "approaching"?

Gosh how disconnected to reality. Some Pocket PCs have more than this requirements for a couple of yeas already. Oh, but that's running "WINDOWZ" so they don't consider that...

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