Some call it Fennec. Others refer to it as Firefox Mobile. I named it Pocketfox.
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. It looks like he will get his wish after a lengthy progress report tells us they have beefed up their resources.
Wow, it’s great to see how excited people are about getting Firefox running on their Android phones! We’ve made a bunch of progress in the past few weeks, and we’ve really ramped up development in the past few days, including bringing new folks onto the project.Vladimir VukiÄ‡eviÄ‡Mozilla
Only three months ago the team had nothing working or building for Android and now they are close to moving all their patches and changes to the main Mozilla trunk (base of the project on which development progresses).
A few bugs need to be squashed and then nightly builds should start flowing. This is an important milestone because it will allow more testers to join the project and provide their feedback. After the nightly builds start coming, a public alpha should follow.
The last time we saw Fennec running on the Droid it was a little clunky. Vladimir uploaded a new video to demonstrate the progress they have made and it appears to be running much smoother. He goes on to say we can expect future performance enhancements when they get their hardware accelerated rendering system going on Android.
Another one of the teams goals before the nightly builds is to get Weave working. This feature allows the mobile browser to sync bookmarks and history with the full Firefox.
Recent additions to the latest Android build include:
Soft keyboard issues resolved
Rotation behavior perfected
Experimenting with different rendering approaches like using OpenGL