Ben Elliott · Sep 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Mozilla Fennec 2.0 Alpha Available for Android

Fennec, otherwise known as Firefox Mobile, was originally an innovative browser from Mozilla which was designed to run on the Windows Mobile platform. Alpha versions of the application were made available but proved unusable and, with much development left to go, the project was soon abandoned.

Last week, Mozilla announced the release of Fennec 2.0 for Android 2.0+ and Maemo devices. This news comes after the unveiling of the popular Skyfire browser for Android in April, and with features including synchronisation with the full version of Firefox on your PC and a refined system for CPU management, Fennec could be just as well-received when it is officially released later on.

Fennec’s availability to the Android platform is great news for the developing community as, much like its bigger brother, Mozilla are encouraging users to write their own add-ons for the browser.

To check out a more detailed description of what’s available in the new app or to download the alpha version for yourself, head to the Mozilla blog post on the subject. Discussion about the browser can be found and continued in this thread.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above.
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