Friday, April 11th, 2008
IE may be the dominant browser on the desktop, but the mobile wars are going strong. WebKit, Opera, and Pocket IE have a lot of users, but Mozilla has been a little weak in the past.
Now though, they have a new Fennec browser that takes the great performance gains in Firefox 3, and makes a mobile oriented version.
Sullivan explained that the Fennec project aims to bring the desktop Firefox user experience to handheld devices but will focus on meeting the unique requirements of mobile computing users. “Our goal on mobile is to embody the principles that have made Firefox so successful on the desktop, but with the recognition that mobile is differentâ€”not so much in that it presents some constraints, but in that it enables new types of experiences, and people’s interaction with these devices are different than when they’re sitting at their desks,” he says. “Web compatibility, security, performance, support for rich internet apps will all be key.”
I have been curious how it can scale down, just due to the XUL overhead, but it works great.
“Another exciting thing is that we’re providing full support for add-ons,” Sullivan notes. “These will fall into three buckets: most add-ons will just work out of the box; some won’t make much sense away from a PC; and a whole new class will be created that are going to be new for mobile.”
Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am