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Firefox Mobile is weeks away from alpha

Codenamed Fennec, Firefox Mobile is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated mobile apps around. We’ve seen the concept video and it looks awesome yet we know it will be even more game-changing once a release version emerges. While said release version is likely still relatively far off into the future, it now looks as though an alpha version is closer than we ever would have imagined. In fact according to an interview with Mozilla CEO John Lilly, we are now just weeks away from the first official alpha:

We want to make sure that the Web on mobile is more like the Web than what the mobile industry offers today, which is closed, separate networks and not a very good information-getting experience for the user. The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile devices. We’re working on that, and we’ll see some alphas in a few weeks.

It remains a mystery as far as which devices will be supported initially. In fact, we don’t even know if the referenced alpha version will be available to the public or only to a select test group. What we do know however, is that Mozilla can’t crank this puppy out fast enough. Of course a version of Fennec has already been available for quite a while now – Nokia Internet Tablet users can download it directly from the maemo.org site. That’s all well and good but we can’t wait to see Firefox Mobile unleashed on cell phone platforms and we hope Mozilla is targeting a good mix of OSes rather than doing something crazy like focusing on Windows Mobile first…

[Via Unwired View]

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