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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mozilla Launched Mobile Version of Firefox “Fennec”

Fennec Mozilla Inc. announced an early developer release of the mobile version of Firefox. This is for testing purposes only. This first alpha release is available for the OS2008 ("Maemo") software platforms that runs on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablets.



What's in this version?

Easy navigation to Web content:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar ("awesome bar")
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search - built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engines

Web content:

  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Zoom in and out


  • Instant Web site ID ("Larry")
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Devices services integration:

  • Click on a phone number to initiate a call
  • JavaScript API to get device location
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data


  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane

Installing Fennec

System requirements:

  • Nokia N810 Internet Tablet running OS2008 ("chinook" or "diablo")


Install a version of Fennec for your desktop PC:

Tips and tricks

  • to use the full screen for browsing, click the button on the left hand side on top of the device (to the left of the -/+ buttons)
  • swipe left to expose back/forward/bookmark buttons and the URL bar; swipe right to dismiss them
  • swipe right to expose tabs; swipe left to dismiss them

Known issues

  • user interface intermittently unresponsive during page load
  • page loading takes a long time to complete for many sites
  • plug-ins are disabled
  • bookmark folders are not implemented yet

For mode details check out this wiki page and roadmap for fennec.

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