Firefox Mobile for Symbian S60 Devices

by on December 12, 2008
in Firefox

A couple of months back, Mozilla introduced Fennec, which is Firefox for mobile devices. I’m sure Firefox needs no introduction as it’s one of the most popular web browser available for desktop.

Fennec was initially released as an alpha version for Nokia N810 internet tablet and had plans to release for Windows Mobile as well. Being a Symbian user myself, I wasn’t glad to see that I won’t be able to run my favourite browser on my Nokia N96.

But now, Mozilla team has finally made it official that they will be porting Firefox Mobile to the world’s leading mobile platform, which is Symbian! Yes, now Symbian S60 users will soon be able to taste the early developement releases of Firefox Mobile.

Christian Sejersen, said on his blog:

Today we (Mozilla) are focusing our efforts in mobile on Linux and Windows Mobile devices. In Q3 2008 Symbian had 49.8% of the total smartphone sales (and 57% in Q2) according to Gartner compared to 11.1% for Windows Mobile and 7.2% for Linux. There are a few other platforms: iPhone, RIM and Android that have or are gaining market share, where we for technical or licensing reasons can’t be deployed.

So in order for Mozilla to be relevant in the smartphone space we need to have a presence on the Symbian platform. We have worked with Symbian to understand and scope the size of the project and Symbian are supporting this with engineers to start working on this project so far. At the same time, several Symbian houses are interested in contributing work.

Exciting, eh? I just can’t wait to try this browser on my cell phone. Apart from N96’s built-in browser, I’ve Opera Mini, Skyfire and Tea Shark installed.

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