Mar 24 AT 9:33 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Firefox Mobile drops support for Windows phone, makes Android focus for 2010

Mozilla has narrowed the development of Firefox Mobile to two platforms – Maemo and Android.

They had been working on an alpha version for Windows Mobile, but decided to stop development after Microsoft took a new direction with Windows Phone 7 (no NDK support). A quick look at Mozilla’s mobile platforms page reveals there are no plans for BlackBerry, iPhone, or Symbian. Since Maemo has failed to catch on, that leaves Android as the premier platform for Firefox Mobile.

The last time we saw Firefox for Android, developers had already ported the mobile UI (Fennec) and had it running on a Droid and Nexus One. Mozilla has demonstrated rapid progress in developing their browser for Android and plans to have a public release this year. Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s vice president of mobile, has stressed that his goal for 2010 is to ship at least a beta version of Firefox for Android.

Now that a Windows Phone version is no longer on the table, we expect Mozilla will reach their goal of an Android release by late 2010. Based on our analytics reports, Firefox is the most popular browser of visitors to this site (27%) so we will definitely keep an eye on them.

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  • Zacqary Adam Green

    Oh my god that header graphic is freaking adorable.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      That is the new official logo, but we made up the Pocketfox name.

      • Zacqary Adam Green

        You mean I’m actually going to have that icon on my homescreen?

        I think I just melted.

        Though it definitely should be called Pocketfox.

  • Mobile Brazzers

    I for one am looking forward to having Firefox on my Android phone.

    I will be sweet to have folders for my bookmarks, if nothing else..

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yup, desktop sync + plugins = win.

    • http://Website lorie

      Actually, the android fennec (code name for the mobile version of firefox for android) has been previewed before:

      Hopefully it’ll be release on summer.

  • stalker

    thats cool.. I am already following them on facebook. Eagerly waiting for firefox alpha to get install on my Nexus one.

  • http://Website 6knowspring

    Awesome; hopefully this increased competition among browsers on Android will push Android forward in providing an even greater mobile internet experience for users.

  • Brandon

    If you use Linux, you can build it from source. I played around with it a little. I love how things like the toolbar and bookmarks slide off the side of the screen.

  • stalker

    Guys I was watching the progress of firefox (fennec) for android since many days. And I found that fennec is in pre-alpha stage now.

  • Dean Williams

    Interesting how FF is limiting themselves to Android and Maemo. Is this due to their faith in the proliferation of Android? Or is this the lack of other OS’ not working with FF (see: Windows Phone 7).

    Then again, the vast majority of people who use IE on their real browser do so because they don’t realize there are others available. I’d suspect that if FF users aren’t fully aware that phones can have more than one browser option.

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