Mozilla Goes Mobile With Firefox Fennec 2.0 Alpha For Android and Nokia N900

By Jay Shah | Cell Phones

Devices having Android 2.0 and upwards as well as the Nokia N900, have a new browser – the Fennec 2.0 Alpha from Mozilla. This is basically the code name for the mobile version of the Firefox browser and has a host of features for a complete mobile browsing experience.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this browser is that it can easily sync with the desktop version of Firefox. This is possible because there is built-in support for Firefox Sync, the latest feature of Firefox 4 Beta 4. This means that all saved tabs, bookmarks and passwords can be easily transferred from your main computer to your mobile device if it has the Firefox Fennec.

But that’s not all to look forward to! There is pinch-to-zoom support for the Android. You can also save website as PDF files and share sites via Facebook, Twitter or Google Reader. Location-aware browsing is also popular.


This Fennec Mozilla browser comes optimized for the Google Nexus One. But this should not be a problem because other ARM 7 devices such as the HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy S and the Motorola Droid can also run the Fennec 2.0.

However don’t be too disheartened if the browser does not work smoothly on your smartphone. Remember that it is still in the ‘alpha’ mode which means that it has not yet been developed to the ‘beta’ stage, which is considered a stable level for on-trial apps. It may crash and work slow, but that’s a part of the ‘alpha’ package.

Moreover, Fennec 2.0 Alpha browser needs about 30MB of system memory to run and so you need to close all other apps before starting this one up. Also be ready to face known issues such as failure to upload files and access FTP sites. Also, if you have an Android device you will not be able to use Flash and various other plug-ins right now. The browsing experience and some available features may also differ from phone to phone.

Download Firefox Fennec 2.0 For Nexus One

You may need to enable installation of non-Market applications by going to Settings, Applications, and checking “Unknown Sources”. And quite clearly, the Firefox Fennec 2.0 has a long way to go, before it can be used as smartphone browser. But the early signs are quite good!

Click here to download the build (Via)

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