Feeds

Firefox's Fennec trots onto Windows Mobile

Just without actual functionality. But hey!

The Power of One Infographic

Fennec, the mobile version of the Firefox browser from Mozilla, has reached a milestone release with a version for the HTC Touch Pro, though initial reports seem to indicate it lacks key functionality.

The milestone release is intended for Windows Mobile devices with VGA screens, though the Fennec blog mentions the HTC Touch Pro specifically. Readers of WMExperts are apparently unable to get the browser to load so much as a static HTML page, belying claims that the browser is largely functional.

The release does lack an update mechanism, and plug-ins aren't supported as yet, along with soft keyboards - so Touch users need to pull out their sliding keyboard to enter a URL. Lacking a handy HTC Touch we've not been able to verify the functionality, but the team promises the UI is working properly and most pages should be rendering accurately.

While the desktop browsing market is pretty much sewn up, with Firefox chewing away at the IE/Safari duopoly, on mobiles things are a lot more fluid. Opera already offers a remarkable browsing experience for free, while the Iris browser offers Windows Mobile users an alternative and Microsoft seems to have given up on mobile browsing completely, for the moment at least.

Safari underlies the browsing experience on top-end Nokias, but the iPhone offers an unparalleled browsing experience - as long as you've got two hands free.

With such an open playing field Fennec has a real chance of finding itself as the default browser, embedded in devices at manufacture, something of which its bigger brother can only dream. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.