December 18, 2014

Here Comes the Fox

firefox_logoI have tried some of the other browsers on the Android Market but always come back to the standard built-in one. I liked Silver but it didn’t feel like it gave me enough bang for my buck. I’ve always enjoyed Opera but never took it seriously enough to install on my G1. It seems my default browser is in for a battle though on word that Mozilla Firefox is going mobile.

Mozilla CEO John Lilly recently said that Mozilla will release Firefox for Windows Mobile and then Android. Straight from the fox’s mouth! Lilly went on to explain the reason behind the jump into Android and what we can expect. Google’s release of an Android NDK which uses C/C++, the language Mozilla programs in, was the key that opened up the possibility to develop Firefox for Android.  As far as what to expect does Javascript, CSS, Flash, SVG, add-ons, as well as video and audio excite you? We [wanted] to build a browser that [does] everything,” Lilly said.

No word on a release date but it seems that this may officially mark the beginning of the mobile browser wars! If Mozilla can meet each or even most of their outlined goals, there is little doubt they will take the lead as king of the mobile browsers!



  • newspeak

    I keep hearing about this but they sure are taking their time with this

    it would be nice to have them shake things up for sure tho…and having the same browser across my pc and phone would be cool

  • TareX

    Well, Fennec is incredibly underwhelming so I can't say I am excited too… I'd rather have something like Chrome made for Android…

  • County

    I wouldn't be too excited. I was on WM before Android and Fennec has been coming for 3 years with only a few crappy alpha builds showing up.

  • Andy In Indy

    FireFox was already ported for the Aspire One AOD250 netbook under Android. It would take some work to get this alright for a phone.

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/29/acer-aspire-one-aod250-impressions-android-gone-bad/

    The Firefox part starts about 37 seconds into the video.

  • http://schwiz.net schwiz

    thats cool, but you should try steel it is far better than the default browser. Especially if you havn't tried it since the past few updates…

  • Miguel

    Honestly.. I have almost completely switched from Firefox to Chrome. Chrome is simply amazing…

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