Fennec Alpha 3 Tour


We’ve been keeping a close watch on Mozilla’s mobile browser called Fennec. The Mozilla team promises to bring elements of the full Firefox web browser to mobile devices. That means that we will see support for plugins, advanced settings, and great multi-tab support.

What’s new in Alpha 3 compared to Alpha 2? Here’s the list:

* Much improved panning/scrolling performance

* Improved start-up time

* Revised theme

* Support for running in full screen

* Numerous bug fixes

* Improved painting performance

* Improved UI polish

* Support for touch sensitive directional pad on HTC devices

* Improved kinetic panning with directional locking

* Ability to scroll frames

* Improved zooming support

* Support for multiple screen sizes

With that said, we’re still miles away from a Fennec that is usable on a daily basis. The browser is just not stable enough or polished enough to be enjoyable to use. We have high hopes for Fennec especially since an actual Beta was due before the summer is out, but at this rate, the slow evolution of Fennec is leaving a lot to be desired.

If you want to give Fennec Alpha 3 a try, click on for the CAB. It works on most Windows Mobile touchscreen devices.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.