When I first saw this, I was tempted to call fake. I mean, why the hell is a desktop version of Firefox running on Android? What happened to Fennec? But rest assured, this is real—and actually, very encouraging.
Mozilla's CEO says an iPhone app is due within a few weeks, and that it'll "surprise people." I mean, that's neat and all, but the most exciting possibility—Firefox—would be the least surprising. So, uh, what is it?
Firefox, the open-source upstart launched in 2004, is officially now a powerhouse, having been downloaded over one billion times in the last five years. Hell, it's prominent enough to attract the attention of the Secretary of State.
The video above takes you through the walkthrough of Beta 1 and gives you a good roundup of some of the more notable features. The most promising feature in our opinion, just like the best feature on the desktop version of Firefox, is the add-on support. There's already a couple extensions available (sample video…
Just as Mozilla's developer wiki cryptically promised last week, a pre-alpha build of Firefox Mobile 'Fennec' has been made available for the HTC Touch Pro, though it'll work on many other VGA (480x640) WinMo phones.
Often, when people carp about Mobile Firefox or Opera not being able to run on the iPhone 'cause of Apple's SDK restrictions, they'll point to Android and say "I can't wait for Mobile Firefox on Android" or some variation of that, since Android theoretically doesn't have any limitations. I've got some bad news for…