The Mozilla Foundation unveiled plans to create a mobile
version of Firefox that will be available to phone manufacturers sometime in
The company is hiring new staff and raised the mobile platform to a first
class/tier-1 platform, which means developers will "make core platform
decisions with mobile devices as first-class citizens."
Mozilla recently made two
new high-profile acquisitions, hiring Christian Sejersen from Openwave's
mobile browser development and Brad Lassey, recruited from France Telecom
R&D. Sejersen will be responsible for creating a new R&D center
that will be located in Copenhagen, Denmark, while Lassey will be able to focus
solely on mobile Firefox development.
"People ask us all the time about what Mozilla's going to do about the
mobile web, and I'm very excited to announce
that we plan to rock it," said Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla engineering
Among other things, mobile Firefox will be able to run extensions and experience
tabbed Internet browsing similar to traditional desktop features users now
enjoy. It remains unknown which mobile devices will feature Firefox in
the future, but details will likely be released closer to a pending software
The mobile market continues to grow at an enormous rate, with billions of
handhelds already available on the market. According to numbers from last
spring, Firefox has between 75 and 100 million users and now has more than 15
percent browser global market share.