Mozilla Fennec Mobile Browser Debuts in Pre-Alpha Form; Works only on Android 2.0 and Above Handsets

April 28, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Mozilla’s new Fennec mobile browser is now on Android. The company has released a pre-alpha version its new mobile browser for the Google Android OS platform. Mozilla prefers calling the release a ‘pre-alpha’ version as it has tested it only on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.

From what we learn, the Fennec mobile browser would work on handsets running Android 2.0 and upwards. That could mean that you need to show off a Motorola Droid or the  Nexus One if you need to browse on the new Fennec. We also hear that Mozilla already has beta versions of Fennec available for Windows Mobile and Linux handsets too.

What comes to the fore while we go deep into the alpha version is that the testing phase is still on. For, we learn that there still are bugs that could make you reboot often. Further, a whole lot of optimization remains to be done. This we get to know as we experience the lack of much memory in the pre-alpha stage of this Mozilla innovation.

As if that is not enough, there seems to be many more specs to be fixed and perfected before the real stuff is rolled out. This includes the inability to open links from other apps using Fennec. There are many more departments that clamor for attention. May be engineers at Mozilla are keeping a tab on all that while the pre alpha drives home the flaws. They in fact are waiting for feedback from users who have enabled the ability to install off-market apps in order to download Fennec and get it to work. The shortcomings are sure to be addressed in a more effective manner, we guess.

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