Firefox Takes Its First Baby Steps on Android

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A Mozilla engineer has posted the first screenshot of the Firefox web browser running on Android.

Mozilla’s Vladimir Vukicevic is currently working on porting the mobile version of the Firefox browser to Google’s mobile operating system. The first results, seen in the screenshot above, were posted to Vukicevic’s personal blog Tuesday.

This means that, yes, a full, add-on capable version of Firefox will be making its way to Android phones and tablets in the future. Just a few days ago, Mozilla released a version of Firefox for mobiles running Nokia’s Maemo OS.

Vukicevic’s screenshot shows Firefox running in an Android emulator (to make debugging easier, he says) but it works fine on regular Android devices, too. His team has “a ways to go” before the first public alpha release — various input methods like the keyboard and mouse only “sort of work,” to say nothing of a touch screen — but it’s cool to see some progress being made.

More from Vlad’s post:

You’ll note that this is the full Firefox interface, and not the Fennec/Firefox Mobile UI; we’re testing with the full interface because it’s significantly more complex than the mobile UI and stresses Gecko much more. So, if the full UI works, then Fennec should work fine as well. Given the interest in Android on netbook and tablet devices, an updated version of the full Firefox UI might find a home on some of these.

Source: WebMonkey

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  • owen

    I only have one problem with this is why are mozilla making there web brower and google havent got chrome on here

  • http://tuxrunner.com cjm

    Who are they kidding? It’s sluggish on the n900 right now. Droid has the same processor as the n900, but it’s clocked slower. Plus, n900 runs Firefox under raw Linux. Droid has a java VM layer that apps run in which sits on top of the Linux OS. So even with the fennec interface… Firefox will be more sluggish on Android than it is on the Nokia N900.

  • http://twitter.com/androidhome Payke

    I was wondering if Mozilla launced there new browser this year?

  • deadite66

    From what they said about not bringing it to the pre I suspect they are using the ndk to speed things up.

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