Next Alpha of Fennec Browser Lands on Windows Mobile


Image Credit: Mobility Site

Image Credit: Mobility Site

The Mozilla team has extended Fennec, their mobile browser, to Windows Mobile devices with a second alpha version now available. Although there are a few other great third-party browser options for WinMo, I have high hopes for Fennec. The browser makes great use of the small screen by adding virtual space off-screen, both on the left and right sides of the display. Fennec is also designed to work with Mozilla’s Weave project, which synchronizes the browser experience between computers and handheld devices.

This latest alpha build cleans up some features and bugs, according to the release notes:

  • Improved panning performance
  • Newly designed theme
  • Improved add-on support
  • Improved UI polish

The prior alpha version already had these handy bits:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar (“awesome bar”)
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search – built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engine
  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane
  • Add-ons manager, including ability to directly find and install add-ons

Sounds like a pretty complete browser for an alpha to me. Mobility Site took the latest version for a ride on an AT&T Tilt and found some issues with zooming and some other UI controls, but your mileage may vary. Fennec requires Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional or better, but you can also install it to a Mac, PC or Linux box to kick the tires.


Kevin C. Tofel

Yup, that’s what we here in the sticks call little foxes with our country-bumpkin dialect. NOT. ;) Correcting the spelling and thanks!

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