Mozilla releases Fennec, a Firefox for mobile devices
Fennec is Mozilla.org's new mobile browser and Mozilla have released an early alpha to download. Fennec, named after the desert fox, the smallest of the wild fox family, has been released at this early stage to get wider feedback about the user interface and input from web site developers. To ensure that wider audience, Mozilla have released versions of Fennec for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as well as for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. A version for Windows Mobile 6.1 is in development too.
Development so far has mainly concentrated on the user interface, in order to support touch-sensitive and small screens and phone functions. Like Safari on the iPhone, Fennec can identify telephone numbers on a web page, allowing the user to quickly select and call numbers. The controls slide in from the left and right to maximize the display space for the web pages, with a set of graphical snapshots of open pages acting as tabs. Fennec also supports Geolocation in line with recent betas of Firefox, using the proposed W3C Geo-location standard; Geolocation allows web developers to create location sensitive web sites.