Mozilla releases first alpha of Firefox for mobiles aka Fennec

Mobile phones, Software

fennec.jpgFirefox Mobile, otherwise known as Fennec, has reached alpha. Those with an iPhone and Opera die-hards will be unmoved but I should imagine everyone else is quite excited.

This first incarnation has been hard at work on the Linux-based Nokias N810 and N800 “internet tablets” – words that always appear to be a euphemism for non-telecommunicatary pocket bricks.

There’s going to be a few more alpha stages before it gets any further which will involve making sure Fennec works on touchscreen phones and other such devices that people actually use. They’ll also need to check that it’s all systems go in both landscape and portrait modes, but what they do already have together is in a video over the page.

Fennec Alpha Walkthrough from Madhava Enros on Vimeo.

Fennec looks to have a lot of the features from Firefox 3 including the awesome bar which can be used as the search as well as the choice of search engines at the bottom of the browser.

The full screen mode is definitely a good way to go as far as maximising your browsing space on small device and I’m glad to see they haven’t forgotten all the add-ons and pop-up blocker too.

Looking forward to seeing where they take it next and if anyone out there has a N800 or N810, then do download it and tell us what you think.

(via Phones Review)

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  • Get your facts straight – the Nokia N810/N800 run the maemo Linux based OS2008. No connection to Windows Mobile whatsoever.

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