Pre-Alpha Test This: Firefox for Android

Are you excited by the long awaited release of Fennec (Firefox for mobile devices) on Android? Then, good news, you can now download and install pre-Alpha nightly builds!

As outlined in the Mozilla wiki, the app is at a very early stage of development and still needs lots of work. But it is working okay for a pre-Alpha build. If you want to know what you’re in for, check the wiki for the list of known bugs.

The developers haven’t set a date for the first release but they hope to have it ready for the end of 2010. To speed up things, you can help them by testing the app and reporting any bugs to their support forum. Firefox for Android does not currently support multi-touch zoom but it will in future builds.

The system requirements are:

Fennec requires Android 2.0 or later.

Installation requires about 30 MB of available internal storage.

We are using these devices for development:

  • Verizon Droid (Motorola Milestone)
  • Google Nexus One (HTC)

Other users have successfully installed Fennec on these devices:

  • Verizon Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
  • HTC Legend
  • HTC Desire
  • Samsung Galaxy Spica

Current Fennec builds will not run on these devices:

  • Verizon Droid Eris (HTC)
  • HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1, Android Dev Phone 1)
  • HTC Magic (T-Mobile myTouch 3G)
  • HTC Hero (T-Mobile G2 Touch)
  • HTC Tattoo

You can get it from (or scan the code below).

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  1. servo
    May 19, 19:21 Reply

    hey how did you get that percentage for the battery in the status bar?

  2. Ratnok
    May 19, 21:07 Reply

    I'm only going to dogfood if I'm on Mozilla's payroll.

  3. John
    May 19, 21:08 Reply

    "Doesn't work on G1"

    Does anyone know if this works on Cyanogen's latest 2.1-based ROM for G1's? The article assumes a G1 running 1.5/1.6.

    • Raphaels
      May 19, 21:36 Reply

      This pre-Alpha It is HUGE… so I am not sure you'll have enough free memory one the G1 once 2.1 running. On the wiki they also mentioned processor speed. Check the support forum, maybe someone tried.

  4. John
    May 20, 11:59 Reply

    Dolphin Browser HD is way ahead then.. It has great tabbed browsing, pinch zoom, on the Desire ROM (atleast) we get the excellent HTC copy paste.. I cant see another browser offering more.. unless it is a lighter, less resource hungry browser, and knowing Firefox, I doubt it will be.. But willing to be won over

  5. brie987
    May 20, 23:49 Reply

    Does not run on my G1 running HTCclay SuperBad latest based on Cyn "Pony 5.0.7", it opens with Fennec in top right corner with a black screen then FC immediately. I got the sads.

  6. Mutia
    June 15, 05:20 Reply

    is this cooler than opera?

  7. eka
    July 13, 07:22 Reply

    thanks for sharing. nice post. i like it :p

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