If you own or plan to own a Windows Mobile based smartphone, there is good news for you as Firefox will soon be available for that platform.
Mozilla is planning to release a mobile version of its popular browser that will run on Windows Mobile smartphones. The mobile browser is either already up and running or will be soon on a Windows Mobile 6 handset and the Nokia N800 linux tablet – and will allow the developer community to start testing UX with different hardware characteristics e.g. screen size (N800/N810: 800×480 vs. HTC S730 320×240) and touch-screen vs. non-touch-screen.
Christian Sejersen, lead engineer for the project writes on his blog that the objectives are to: “provide Mozilla’s standards-based open-source browser engine, optimized for mobile, that can be embedded by device manufacturers and others; a full-featured mobile browser including support for XUL-based add-ons, delivering on Firefox’s key principles of ease-of-use, security and accessibility; grow the Mozilla community in the mobile space; provide tools and documentation to help developers develop, debug and deploy web applications; do all of this work in the shared Mozilla source repositories so all platforms, desktop and mobile benefit each other.”
The mobile browser does not support Symbian but Sejersen ask for help on that matter. “We are aware of the millions of Symbian devices in the world and this is just a start and a good area to focus. We’d love help on Symbian if anyone is interested,” he writes.