Mozilla drops Firefox for Windows Mobile development

Stuart Parmenter, from the Firefox for mobile devices team, has announced that Mozilla will stop development of Firefox for Windows Mobile, expected to be released in final form later this year.

The announcement is hardly any surprising given last week Microsoft’s announcement of its new and promising Windows Phone platform. Unfortunately, Microsoft announcements so far suggest the SDK (software development kit) would not allow for a competing browser to run on it, repeating the same limitation Apple imposed on the iPhone.

At the same time, the future of Windows Mobile is uncertain.

Stuart adds:

While I hope that we do see Microsoft provide us with a way to build Firefox for Windows Phone 7, we will continue to focus on the things that we can control: building a great consumer product on both Android and Maemo.

Google’s decision to use proprietary H264 on YouTube, seconded by Internet Explorer 9 last week, signals one of the major threats to the open web for the next decade now that we have a healthy pretty much standards based race going on: open formats.

The second is closed important mobile platforms like Apple and Microsoft’s.

It’s becoming clearer that the big differentiator among web browsers will come down to who makes them: companies that have their stockholders’ interests as their top priority (as it should be), and the one for which a healthy Internet is the way to fulfill its mission. There’s a lot of work to be done, Mozilla.

Firefox for Maemo now available for download

Mozilla has released Firefox for Maemo in its final form, bringing Firefox to mobile devices for the first time. It is Firefox: you get the awesome bar, a download manager where you can pause and resume downloads, one touch bookmarking and tagging,  tabbed browsing, the site button for quick security checks, popup blocker, a password manager, the same rendering engine (HTML5, native Theora video, embedded fonts), spell checker, etc.

What makes Firefox for Maemo a product on its own is the efficient user interface designed from the ground up to  take  challenges like having no keyboard, less computing power, or a smaller display while taking advantage of tablets’ touch screens, and handling. Continue reading Firefox for Maemo now available for download

Firefox for Maemo RC1 available now

firefox mobile emblemMozilla is starting the year in great shape releasing the first release candidate of Firefox mobile for Maemo devices like  Nokia Internet tablet devices, just hours before 2009 came to an end.

Feature wise, it is Firefox. You get the awesome bar, a download manager where you can pause and resume downloads, one touch bookmarking and tagging,  tabbed browsing, the site button for quick security checks, popup blocker, a password manager, the same rendering engine (HTML5, native Theora video, embedded fonts), spell checker, etc.

What makes Firefox for Maemo a product on its own is the efficient user interface designed from the ground up to  take  challenges like having no keyboard, less computing power, or a smaller display while taking advantage of tablets’ touch screens, and handling. Continue reading Firefox for Maemo RC1 available now

Released: Fennec Beta 2 for Nokia, Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile

Mozilla has released new development releases for two of its supported platforms: Beta 2 for Nokia Internet Tablets (powered by Maemo), and Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile.

As noted in Stuart Parmenter’s blos post, these new releases feature a new theme that improves usability, better performance and reliability, and work has started to make web forms easier to use.

Continue reading Released: Fennec Beta 2 for Nokia, Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile

Fennec for Windows Mobile Alpha 1 available now

Mozilla has released the first public milestone of Fennec (mobile Firefox) for Windows Mobile devices.

Featuring a user interface and overall behavior similar to the more developed version for Nokia tablets (running Maemo OS), it is still an alpha and is not recommended for day to day use.

The video below, prepared by Madhava Enros, provides a nice overview of how it behaves on an HTC Touch.

Another version of Fennec for Symbian is also under development.