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Mozilla on Windows Phone 7 – “We’re not going to bother.

Firefox is dead on Windows Phone 7

Firefox is dead on Windows Phone 7

Christopher Blizzard, Director of Developer Relations and Open Source Evangelist at Mozilla spoke to Gizmodo about the future of their browser in the new order, where they are facing competition from Google on the desktop and mobile, and are also seemingly excluded from many mobile platforms, such as the iPhone and Windows Phone 7.

While the interview only touches on Windows Phone 7, is is clear the open source browser project has no love lost for the new OS.

Noting that they were going to do Windows Mobile because it “really needed a good browser”, he felt the restrictions related to Windows Phone 7 was too cumbersome to make it worthwhile.

“(Microsoft) said, ‘You can use stuff in Silverlight if you want, but you have to come through our app store, and we get to veto.’ We’re not going to bother….”

He was not too impressed with IE Mobile 7 either.

“They’re gonna ship some version of IE, which is gonna be terrible.” He went on “The wonderful thing about the mobile web is the people like being able to use modern browser platforms and Microsoft’s gonna single-handedly gonna drag that back.”

Of course the slow progress of the browser on Windows Mobile has meant Mozilla lost any fanbase they may have had rooting for a Windows Phone 7 port, but it is still disappointing that they are not even expressing any desire to be on the platform, especially given Microsoft’s expressed willingness to bend the rules regarding native applications for significant players.

Read the full interview at Gizmodo here.

Via The Deranged Shaman, thanks Serge Francis for the tip

Mozilla dropping mobile Firefox development for Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7

deadfoxIn a blog post Stuart Parmenter, Mobile Team Technical Lead, Mozilla Corporation, announced that the company will cease all development of Firefox for Windows Mobile.

Just like on Android prior to the release of the Native Developer Kit, the company blames it on the inability to develop native applications:

While we think Windows Phone 7 looks interesting and has the potential to do well in the market, Microsoft has unfortunately decided to close off development to native applications.  Because of this, we won’t be able to provide Firefox for Windows Phone 7 at this time.  Given that Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5) and because we don’t know if or when Microsoft will release a native development kit, we are putting our Windows Mobile development on hold.

Mozilla will soon disable the builds and test automation, and will only return to further development if and when Microsoft opens up the Windows Phone platform. The move comes as another blow to Windows Mobile, which is rapidly entering dead man walking status.

Via Techie-buzz.com

Thanks Cristian Adam for the tip.

Fennec Alpha 4 now available

Mozilla has announced a new Alpha for their Mobile Firefox product on Windows Mobile.  The timing is opportune, as their project has been seen to be in doubt after comments by one of their executives suggesting they may wait till Windows Phone 7 is released.

New in this version is:

  • Improved interactions with the software keyboard
  • Fixed painting artefacts from panning
  • Faster .exe installer option
  • More responsive "fuzzy" zoom
  • Option to become default browser
  • Opening downloads from download manager fixed
  • Password echoing
  • Improved panning/scrolling performance
  • Improved start-up time
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved painting performance
  • Improved UI polish
  • Improved kinetic panning with directional locking
  • Ability to scroll frames
  • Improved zooming support

The 10 MB cab can be downloaded, here.

Will Fennec be delayed for Windows Phone 7?

fennec1-728-75 Jay Sullivan, VP for Mobile at Mozilla, told TechRadar  they were no longer sure about delivering Fennec for Windows Mobile 6.5.

"Now we have the decision: do we target Windows Mobile 6.5 or 7? How much architecture will there be to work with?"

Mozilla was meant to deliver a beta for Fennec on Windows Mobile in the next few months, but it is now no longer clear if they will proceed with this.

The situation is further complicated by the lack  of information regarding backwards compatibility in Windows Phone 7, and if 3rd party software will even be able to replace the default browser for example.

Hopefully more will become clear after MIX10 next month, but Mozilla’s quandary is the same facing many developers – should they still pursue new Windows Mobile software plans, or wait for the new rising star, Windows Phone 7.  It is unfortunately likely we will see a further reduction in the release of new titles until Windows Phone 7 itself reaches the market.

Do our readers agree? Let us know below.

Read more at TechRadar here.

Pocketfox now Fennec’s new logo

pocketfox Mozilla has announced the result of their Mozilla Creative Collective’s “Firefox Goes Mobile” design challenge, and reported the winner was  “Pocketfox”, by Yaroslaff Chekunov.

Yaroslaff, who is based in Krasnodar, Russia, cites as his design inspiration, “the Firefox itself, your approach to the web-site execution, and of course my wife who always brings up new ideas.”

The official emblem of the upcoming mobile version of Firefox will be used as an avatar on social networking sites, on mozilla.com, on t-shirts and more.

Do our readers feel the logo is dynamic enough to represent something as important as a cross-platform mobile browser?  Let us know in the comments.

Via Pocketpcthoughts.com

Fennec Alpha 3 video review

Pocketnow has recorded this video overview of the FireFox Mobile Fennec browser for Windows Mobile Alpha 3.

The alpha brings faster start-up times, much improved panning, support for a wider range of screen resolutions and a few more features.

Read more and download Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile here or via your mobile browser using this tinyurl: tinyurl.com/fennec3

Note the cab is still a very large 9.5 MB.

Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile now available

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Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile is now official. Alpha 3 brings faster start-up times, much improved panning, support for a wider range of screen resolutions and a lot more.

See the full change log below and download the cab by typing this tinyurl in your mobile browser: tinyurl.com/fennec3

Note the cab is still a monstrous 9.5 MB.

New for Alpha 3:

  • Much improved panning/scrolling performance
  • Improved start-up time
  • Revised theme
  • Support for running in full screen
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved painting performance
  • Improved UI polish
  • Support for touch sensitive directional pad on HTC devices
  • Improved kinetic panning with directional locking
  • Ability to scroll frames
  • Improved zooming support
  • Support for multiple screen sizes

This builds upon the feature set of the previous releases:

Easy navigation to Web content:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar ("awesome bar")
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search – built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engines
  • Built in error console
  • Support for add-ons

Web content:

  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Zoom in and out

Security:

  • Instant Web site ID ("Larry")
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Devices services integration:

  • Click on a phone number to initiate a call
  • JavaScript API to get device location

Also:

  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane
  • Add-ons manager, including ability to directly find and install add-ons

Read more at Brad’s blog here.

Fennec Alpha 3 to arrive soon

According to Mark Finkle from the Mozilla Mobile browsing team, Fennec Alpha 3 for Windows Mobile is nearing release.  The software sports a new smooth panning engine and will apparently have a new focus on “making fennec sexy on Windows Mobile”.

Below is Mozilla’s Chief Innovation Officer talking about their browser initiative.

Read the minutes of the last Mozilla Mobile meeting here for more information.

Weave bookmark sync comes to Fennec for Windows Mobile

weave2 We may have jumped the gun a bit when we wrote a few months ago that Weave was available for Fennec for Windows Mobile.  The latest version, version 0.5, however corrects the error, and the software now natively supports our mobile OS.

Weave Sync is encrypts and securely synchronizes the Firefox across multiple browsers, so that your desktop, laptop and mobile phone can all work together. In short, Weave Sync lets you securely take your Firefox experience with you to all your Firefox browsers — including your mobile Firefox browser.

It currently supports continuous synchronization of your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs and allows, for example to:

  • Get the same results on the Smart Location Bar on each of your Firefox browsers, so you can get to your favourite sites with just a few keystrokes
  • Continue what you were doing: have the ability to open any tab you have open on any of your Firefox browsers
  • Keep the same list of bookmarks on all of your Firefox browsers
  • Easily sign in to all your favourite sites using your saved passwords (this is especially handy on mobile phones, where it’s hard to type in complex passwords)
  • Do it all securely: Weave Sync encrypts user data before uploading it to Mozilla’s servers, so that only you can access your data

Version 0.5 brings major performance improvements during upload and download, improved support for bookmark tags and smart folders, support for changing passwords and passphrases, better error handling and reporting and of course support for Fennec on Windows Mobile.

Weave can be installed from Mozilla here. (requires Firefox 3.5 or higher)

Via LifeHacker.com.

FireFox weave released, syncs your browser sessions between your desktop and smartphone

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Weave Sync 0.4 has just been released  by Mozilla labs and now supports the new Fennec Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile.  Weave Sync lets you take your Firefox experience with you to all your Firefox browsers.  It currently supports continuous synchronization of your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs. For example:

  • Get the same results on the Smart Location Bar on each of your Firefox browsers, so you can get to your favourite sites with just a few keystrokes
  • Continue what you were doing: have the ability to open any tab you have open on any of your Firefox browsers
  • Keep the same list of bookmarks on all of your Firefox browsers
  • Easily sign in to all your favourite sites using your saved passwords (this is especially handy on mobile phones, where it’s hard to type in complex passwords)
  • Do it all securely: Weave Sync encrypts user data before uploading it to Mozilla’s servers, so that only you can access your data

Weave 0.4 brings:

  • Preference syncing (including Personas)
  • Identity support (automatic login, including use of OpenID logins)
  • Better support for addons using Weave
  • Support for Fennec 1.0 beta 2.
  • Significant improvements in performance during startup and opening new windows.

Weave 0.4 can for Firefox 3.5 (the only supported desktop version) can be downloaded from here.

Via LifeHacker.com

Fennec Alpha 2 – latest version if Firefox Mobile released

The Mozilla Foundation has released the latest version for their Firefox browser for Mobile devices.  Alpha 2 brings the following improvements:

  • Improved panning performance
  • Newly designed theme
  • JavaScript error console is now built in
  • Improved add-on support
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved UI polish

Unfortunately it would not be an Alpha is there were not plenty of bugs still. A major one may be that panning and scrolling in iframes have not been solved yet, meaning web sites like Google Mail and Reader remain difficult to use.

Download the latest alpha, for the HTC Touch Pro specifically, here.

Via WMExperts.com

First alpha for Mobile Firefox now available

The first Windows Mobile alpha for Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox has been announced by Mozilla.

Fennec has benefited from the delay however, with some important advances being implemented. The user interface controls have been rebuilt to be entirely CSS based, which allow it to be more easily adjusted for various screen sizes and resolutions in the future.

The release also supports Add-ons with a gestures module already being available.

The software is still targeted at the HTC Touch Pro and can be downloaded here.

See a video of the browser in action here.

Fennec – alpha 1 for Windows Mobile from Madhava Enros on Vimeo.

Read more at Mozilla here.

Mozilla team aims to bring G-sensor support to Fennec

The above video is running in the fennec browser, demonstrating javascript support for monitoring and responding to accelerometer changes on devices that are equipped with these.

Doug Turner, one of the leading Fennec developers, is championing this, so hopefully we will see it turn up in the main release sooner or later.

Read more at Doug’s blog here.