Mozilla Moves Toward Mobile Firefox

Lora Bentley

The organization behind Firefox is working on a mobile version of the open source browser. According to an InformationWeek report, Mozilla's VP of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, says the company plans to "rock" the mobile Web with Mobile Firefox. From his blog:

We are serious about bringing the Firefox experience and technology to mobile devices.

Just how are they planning to do so? The first step appears to be bringing on new mobile developer talent -- including the likes of Openwave's Christian Sejersen and Brad Lassey, formerly of France Telecom. Schroepfer indicates that Mobile Firefox will run Firefox extensions and that developers will be able to build applications for Mobile Firefox using XUL, or extensible user-interface language.


Mobile Firefox won't arrive soon though. The blog post suggests it won't ship before 2008. In the meantime, Schroepfer points out:

You can already get a Mozilla-based browser for the Nokia N800 and Firefox is a key part of Ubuntu Mobile and the new Intel Internet Project.

The community has yet to make decisions regarding the project's target platforms, but Schroepfer solicits input and help from anyone interested.

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