Before Firefox 4, there will be at least two more betas, a release candidate, and some compatibility match-ups with Firefox Portable, a.k.a. Fennec, according to Mozilla's meeting notes.
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If you're a fan of where Firefox Mobile (Fennec) on Android is headed, or you just wish the pre-alpha download was a little better, you're in luck. Mozilla has started compiling and offering up nightly Android builds on its servers, which anyone can install and test out (make sure you've checked the box in settings to install from non-Market sources).
Yesterday we heard that an unknown something from Mozilla is headed to iPhones, but Firefox's maker is being a bit more specific about Android: A mobile browser is in the works for the open-source phone.
Mozilla Labs highlights a very cool feature coming to Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox: Fennec now syncs browser tabs with previously mentioned Weave, so you can easily access any of the pages you were browsing on your desktop installation of Firefox from your mobile browser. Handy!
Firefox's mobile browser, Fennec, is available in "milestone" (read: very alpha) downloads for HTC Touch Pro phones, but also most any Windows Mobile phone running at VGA (480x640). Early reports say it's working, if slow. As the Mozilla team itself notes, this release has plug-ins disabled, features no soft keyboard input, doesn't allow for program or add-on updating, and a few other "punts" made to get a working release out. Still, if you want to test out Fennec's unique navigation and mobile browsing helpers and you've got a Windows Mobile phone, it could be worth a try—even if web site loading is not exactly snappy at this point. Fennec is a free download, built for the HTC Touch Pro but capable of running on Windows Mobile phones. A direct CAB link can be found right under the "Installation" heading in the link below.Fennec Milestone Release for Windows Mobile
A few months back we gave you a sneak peek at Fennec, the innovative version of Firefox for mobile devices, and now it looks like the mobile browser could hit your Windows Mobile device as early as next week. On the first alpha release, Mobile Firefox will target the HTC Touch Pro, so it may not be up to snuff for most WinMo devices, so if you're really aching to test drive Fennec, you can always install and test it on your desktop.
Mozilla's Firefox-like browser for mobile phones, code-named Fennec, has been released as a free alpha preview for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems (and Nokia N810 Internet Tablets). As you would expect with an alpha preview, it's a bit buggy, and not all the features are in place, but it's intriguing to see how Mozilla plans to smoosh Firefox 3's features onto the tiniest screens. If you want to know what Firefox on your phone might look like, read on for detailed screenshots and a rundown of Fennec's features.
All platforms (Mac/Windows/Linux): You caught a glimpse of the new Mobile Firefox alpha running on a Windows Mobile device last week, but today you can check out the alpha from the comfort of your desktop. Codenamed Fennec, the Mobile Firefox alpha 1 build gives you a neat look at what's to come on your smartphone and other handheld devices from Mozilla. As the welcome screen instructs, click and drag right to see tabs, and click and drag left to tinker with the software's controls. Fennec is only alpha, and it does show, but it's a promising look at Firefox's take on mobile browsing.Fennec M9 (user experience alpha) for Maemo release notes