Mozilla, the organisation behind the popular web browser Firefox, has announced that Firefox for the Nokia N900 handset will be released soon. The beta version is already available, but Mozilla has informed several media that the launch of Firefox for mobile - codenamed ‘Fennec' - is just a matter of days away.
One of the prominent themes of this technology year has been open-source. With companies like Google bringing extra legitimacy to Linux-based operating systems, the power of open development has become increasingly apparent.
This is especially true in the smartphone space, which lacks a dominant OS in the same way PCs do. A prime exponent of the move towards open source has been Nokia, which not only made Symbian open, but is running its high-end smartphones on a Linux-based OS called Maemo.
The most popular mobile phone web-browser right now is Opera. Here are some of the features Mozilla claims for Fennec, followed by an introductory video.
- The Awesome Bar searches your history, bookmarks and tags to go to your favorite sites instantly
- Share your Firefox preferences, history, and bookmarks between your desktop and mobile
- Add-ons to make your browser your own
- Tabs that let you browse multiple sites at once
- One-touch bookmarking to quickly organize websites