If All Goes Well, Full Firefox May Hit Android and Not Mobile Fennec

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Mozilla is testing out the full version of Firefox, and not just the mobile version called Fennec. Since the full version is more resource intensive and it works, then Fennec shouldn’t be a problem on Android. Mozilla’s plans for full Firefox may be for netbooks and smartbooks that run the Android OS and Fennec, the mobile version, may still hit Android smartphones. Either way, there will be more choice for browsing aside from the very capable WebKit browser on Android.

Here’s what Mozilla wrote on its blog:

You’ll note that this is the full Firefox interface, and not the Fennec/Firefox Mobile UI; we’re testing with the full interface because it’s significantly more complex than the mobile UI and stresses Gecko much more. So, if the full UI works, then Fennec should work fine as well. Given the interest in Android on netbook and tablet devices, an updated version of the full Firefox UI might find a home on some of these. Android has been pretty great to work with so far; it’s a bit unusual platform for us due to its Java core, but with the NDK we’re able to bridge things together without many problems.

Maemo, Windows Mobile, and Android are the target platforms for all of Mozilla’s love at this point.

(via: Android and Me)

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