Ask your average technical minded person what browser they use on their laptop or desktop PC and the answer is usually Firefox. Ironically I am an Internet Explorer (IE) user – I had a bad experience with Firefox once which almost scarred me for life, though recent IE problems may see me tentatively trying Firefox again. Back on point and it is quite bewildering that Mozilla have never managed to get Mobile Firefox sorted. Instead it is Opera that has the number one mobile browser in Opera Mini.
The Mobile Firefox browser has been codenamed (what is this, browser spy wars?) Fennec, after the small desert fox, the Fennec Fox! It’s been delayed more times than a new Guns N’ Roses album and currently is only available at a alpha testing stage for owners of Nokia N800 and N810 devices. Below is a screenshot, courtesy of the : : unwired, of the much anticipated (or not) browser.
I’m sure it’s all in the functionality, but that doesn’t look all that great. I think they are going to have to go a long way to beating Mini Opera, and early reports are suggesting that isn’t going to happen as feedback hasn’t been good.
The number of people using their mobile phone for web browsing is increasing daily, and the influx of touchscreen phones making that a lot easier means that increase will only get steeper. With that in mind Mozilla are going to have to do something revolutionary to benefit from an area it which they should really be leading the way.