Mozilla Gets Serious About Mobile Firefox

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There is good new for Firefox fans; Mozilla has promised to devote much more time and resources to a version of its web browser for smartphones.

Mike Schroepfer, the Mozilla Corporation’s vice-president of engineering said in his corporate blog, "we are serious about bringing the Firefox experience and technology to mobile devices."

He went on to say, "Up until very recently device limitations required writing new mobile browsers from the ground up. Being able to leverage all the investments in the Mozilla platform across both desktops and devices is the right approach. There is far from a dominant player in this marketplace and even the best mobile browsers today have compromises in user experience, performance, and compatibility. There is still *plenty* of room for innovation."

In addition, Schroepfer promised that the upcoming Mobile Firefox will be able to run Firefox extensions on mobile devices and allow others to build rich applications via XUL.

Mozilla has had several forays into mobile applications before, but is now committed to expanding its small team of full-time mobile contributors that are focusing on this project. Christian Sejersen, recently the head of browsers at Openwave will be heading up the platform engineering effort and setting up a R&D center in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Schroepfer wasn’t very specific about when Mobile Firefox will be available, aside from the fact that it won’t debut until after the release of Firefox 3 for desktops and laptops.

He also didn’t say which mobile operating systems this browser will be written for.

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