Second alpha of Mobile Firefox (Fennec) released

Fennec Alpha 2

Mozilla has released the second development release of Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox for Nokia Internet Tablets (running on maemo, a mobile Linux platform).

As with the previous alpha, this release is also available as a XULRunner application which allows it to run on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms.

According to the release notes, alpha 2 improves on:

  • Faster panning
  • Faster zooming
  • Improved responsiveness while pages are loading
  • New content manipulation hooks for extension authors
  • Look and feel improvements to improve usability

Since most of the improvements have happened on the performance department, you will probably need to run it on an N800 or N810 to appreciate them.

The release still doesn’t include a Windows Mobile version which is under development and should become available soon.

Last week it was announced that Fennec will also become available for S60, Nokia’s Symbian-based mobile platform, extending Mozilla’s potential  reach to about 60% of the current mobile market.

For download links and more details check Fennec Alpha 2 Release Notes.

6 thoughts on “Second alpha of Mobile Firefox (Fennec) released”

  1. I use Firefox on my desktop at work and do some light browsing via WiFi @ home on a Dell Axim X51V, which is a WM5 device with touchscreen. Although this is an older machine, it is still quite powerful with a 624 mhz processor.
    When this browser comes out, is it going to work with older machines such as mine?

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