Oct 142007

Mobile Firefox

Mozilla Developer Mike Schroepfer writes on his blog about the work they plan on taking on and technologies supported to deliver a mobile version of Firefox.

People ask us all the time about what Mozilla’s going to do about the mobile web, and I’m very excited to announce that we plan to rock it.

Here’s just a few of the many specifics he calls out:

  • Mozilla will add mobile devices to the first class/tier-1 platform set for Mozilla2. This means we will make core platform decisions with mobile devices as first-class citizens.
  • We will ship a version of “Mobile Firefox” which can, among other things, run Firefox extensions on mobile devices and allow others to build rich applications via XUL.
  • Mozilla will expand its small team of full-time mobile contributors to focus on the technology and application needs of mobile devices.
  • We are wrapping up work on Gecko 1.9 and there is room post 1.9 to make significant changes to the architecture for improved performance and memory use on devices. Things like reducing the use of XPCOM, unifying memory management under MMgc, and other improvements from Mozilla 2 will make Mozilla a great platform for all devices from mobile phones to your desktop. The use of a single source base gives us the leverage that makes OSS work so well.

Good stuff. It’ll be interesting to see if they can give Opera’s Mini 4 browser a run for its money, though it’s in Beta now it’s very nice.


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