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Mozilla Fennec 2.0 Alpha Coming Soon, Beta This Fall

Douglas Carter

According to IntoMobile, Mozilla Fennec 2, the mobile version of Firefox, will be released soon for both MeeGo and Android, based on some updates shared by Matt Brubeck, a member of the team working on Fennec. We've been watching Fennec for a while, and they seem to be making some major progress, with plans for multitouch gestures and many other interesting features.

Phandroid adds that "the latest nightly Fennec builds – while still rough in a few places – is otherwise completely usable."

IntoMobile writes that "the release is destined for both MeeGo and Android mobile operating systems with a beta for Android due this fall."

The new version includes, according to AndroidGuys, "Firefox sync, Find-In-Page, link sharing, autofilling using information from your address book, and multi-touch gestures (alongside the already implemented pinch-to-zoom). In other words its shaping up to become a lot better!"

I'm a Firefox user, and back whe I first read about the project, I would've installed it, but my phonewasn't up to the task. I've had a much more powerful phone as of late, and I am certainly tempted to download the browser and give it a try (the large file size makes it a hard choice), even in this early stage.

IntoMobile makes a fairly controversial statement, asserting that "all the “technology leaders”, or “early adopters”, or whatever [insert obnoxious wanking gesture] marketing term you use to describe people who use the internet for more than 40 hours a week, are all using Google Chrome."

I don't know about all of you, but I use Firefox, as well as at least one other co-worker of mine. My boss uses Safari, but isn't very pleased with (but he uses OS X, so there may be some beneftis of that.)

Other Sources: AndroidGuys, IntoMobile, Phandroid

Image from IntoMobile