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NEGOTIATION: Mozilla in talks with Carriers about Firefox Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 29.02.08 - 16:03:11 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 16069x
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Mozilla's Firefox Mobile will hit smartphones like Windows Mobile and Linux devices later this year and as Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla Vide President Engineering, unveiled this week, beside users also mobile carriers and operators are interested to learn more about Mozilla's latest mobile device project. Schroepfer is quoted, that Mozilla's mission is to break open a closed market but he knows that it won't happen overnight.
And while Windows Mobile devices includes a web browser already, namely Internet Explorer Mobile, it looks like operators and ODMs aren't satisfied with Internet Explorer anymore which must be the reason for adding Opera Mobile on their smartphones in addition.

Since Opera Mobile isn't available for free, unlike the desktop version, operators and carriers "want to know how much it will cost," Schroepfer said and added "That's an easy answer: mobile Firefox will be free".

According to Christian Sejersen, who leads Mozilla's mobile engineering group in Copenhagen, Mozilla has been criticized for getting a late start in the mobile browser field but the interest in Firefox Mobile seems to exist anyway. For instance has Samsung submitted suggestions for the user interface and furthermore, Mozilla is working with chip designers ARM and Intel to make mobile Firefox run well on their chips, Schroepfer said.

"Somebody needs to come in from the side and give everybody a kick," Sejersen said. "I think the iPhone has done it ... but I still think there's more than can be done to make [browsing] easier."

While still no release date was given, users can be confident know that Mozilla takes the development serious and, as expected, Firefox Mobile will be available free of charge. Looks like it's time for Opera Software to release Opera Mobile 9.5, otherwise the windows of opportunity might closes faster than expected.

Cheers ~ Arne

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