The Release Candidate of the mobile version of Firefox (codenamed Fennec), developed for handsets running under the Maemo operating system, has been recently made available for download for all those interested in trying it out. Mozilla already promised that the RC version of the mobile browser is on its way to users, and, even if a little later than originally expected, it seems that they kept their word. Moreover, as some of you might already know, there are also desktop versions of the application available for download, so that one can try it out on any Windows, Linux or Mac OS computer.
“Built on the same browser engine as Firefox 3.6 for the desktop, the new mobile Firefox comes packed full of your favorite features like the Awesome Bar, Add-ons, Weave Sync and Location-Aware Browsing. Firefox is currently supported on Nokia’s Maemo platform, available for download on the Nokia N900,” Mozilla says about the browser. The new Firefox 1.0 RC for Maemo is available in over 15 languages and boasts a great deal of capabilities that you are already accustomed with from the desktop application.
Some of the features Firefox Mobile 1.0 RC for Maemo comes around with include:
- Easy Navigation to Web Content
Awesome Bar: The Smart Location Bar, or "Awesome Bar" is even more awesome on a mobile device. The Awesome Bar gets you to your Web destination with minimal typing, by intelligently searching the names, URLs and tags of the sites you visit, and takes into account how often and recently you visit them. With Weave Sync, the Awesome Bar will also search the Web history from Firefox on your PC
- Touch Interface Optimization
Touch-oriented UI: Firefox's touch-enabled interface allows you to swipe left to view your controls (bookmark, go backward and forward, access your browser tools, like Add-ons, preferences and downloads) and swipe right to view your open tabs
Quick zoom: Double tap on the screen to zoom in, double tap to zoom back out
One-touch bookmarking: Bookmark a Web site in one touch, along with the ability to tag it with a memorable term
- Seamless Synchronization
Weave Sync: Create a Weave Sync account on your PC and install the Weave Sync add-on on your mobile to synchronize your Firefox tabs, passwords, history and bookmarks between your PC and mobile
The list of features the new version of the application sports is much longer than this, showing that users will also be able to enjoy a personalized experience through support for add-ons and with the location-aware browsing capabilities of Firefox 1.0 RC for Maemo. Moreover, it also comes with great privacy and security features, such as password manager or automatic update, as well as with productivity capabilities, including a preferences pane, download manager and spell checker. The entire list of features can be seen here.