Firefox coming to your mobile

Written by Phil Cogar

October 12, 2007 | 08:52

Tags: #firefox #web-browser

Companies: #opera

Mozilla's Firefox web browser could be on your mobile in the near future. A blog posting by Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering, says that the company is working on mobile version after seeing great success on the Nokia N800 and Minimo.

A growth in the amount of mobile users that access that web through their devices has spurred the development. The company plans to make the mobile version capable of running Firefox extensions as well as enabling developers to build applications using XUL.

Don't expect to find the browser on your run of the mill mobile though - it's going to require more than 64MB of RAM and a fast processor just to run how they want it. Schroefer lets on that he would like to see Firefox on future mobiles that are more powerful than the iPhone.

An expansion to the development team is already in the works. Christian Sejersen, former head of browsers at Openwave, and Brad Lassey, formerly from France Telecom R&D, have already joined up to the team. Schroefer is also looking for new members as well to aid in the development of the browser.

Mozilla is a little late making headway into the mobile market. Opera has been available on mobiles for some time now and has recently released version 8.65.

The first thing that popped into my head when I read this was: will Firefox eat up all of the system resources on my mobile like it does on my PC at times? Hopefully the development team will be able to keep the system footprint very small.

Glad to see that Firefox is coming to your mobile sometime in the future or will you just stick with the default browser? Leave your thoughts and comments over in the forums.
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