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Mozilla takes aim at the mobile market

The Mozilla Foundation unveiled plans to create a mobile version of Firefox that will be available to phone manufacturers sometime in 2008.  

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 VP.

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 launch date.

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.



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the pic
By Gul Westfale on 10/12/2007 1:02:02 AM , Rating: 2
hmm... if they had done hat in sweden rather than denmark would we then have a pic of swedish twins? maybe we should all send emails to mozilla to get them to consider moving this R&D center to sweden...




RE: the pic
By ninjit on 10/12/2007 1:14:13 AM , Rating: 3
You do know it was a hoax right?

Blogger took a photo from a porn site and photo-shopped the firefox logo onto it.

He did it as a joke, but it spread like wildfire (probably because it was a very good photoshop job)

Despite the whole thing being a hoax, I think mozilla really should add a tank-top like that to their store, it would sell well.
Their current line of merchandise is a bit lame.


RE: the pic
By ninjit on 10/12/2007 1:15:56 AM , Rating: 2
FYI, I think this was the original photo that got picked up by everyone else
http://www.flickr.com/photos/64766523@N00/72973795...


RE: the pic
By mxzrider2 on 10/12/07, Rating: 0
RE: the pic
By ninjit on 10/12/2007 3:42:09 AM , Rating: 4
LOL, you're telling me to check my own link to prove it's not a photoshop??
(notice my name on both comments?)

I'm sorry to inform you that unfortunately it indeed is.
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/permalin...

Good news is the babe is real though. She has her own softcore porn site that I won't link to here.
... but the shirt is fake.

I hope I haven't burst too many bubbles
(still think a real shirt like that would be great though)


RE: the pic
By JarvisTheGray on 10/12/2007 7:42:56 AM , Rating: 2
Still though, not bad PR for Firefox regardless...


RE: the pic
By Laughing all the way 2220 on 10/12/2007 7:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
You know, sometimes it sure seems Firefox copies Opera. I've been using Opera for 5 years and I sware, everytime Opera comes out with a new feature, Firefox comes out with an extension within 30 days exactly like it. What's funny is all of these things have been built into Opera. There are no extensions. The only things Firefox has not been able to duplicate is the security (Opera is still the most secure browser on the planet) and the smaller amount of space (4.7mb for Opera, 5.7mb for Firefox) and still you have to add quite a few extensions to get the same capabilities in Firefox as in Opera. And to top it all off Opera has been in cellphones for the last copule of years. It's even in the Wii. I'm not a hater of Firefox, just a little jealous that they get all the attention when Opera is coming out with all the innovation. I guess Opera just needs a lot better PR- lol

I'm glad for both browsers- anything to take away from ie is good. They are so far behind in tech. It's just a matter of time before Firefox overtakes them. I just wish it were Opera :p


RE: the pic
By bhieb on 10/12/2007 9:29:28 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
... but the shirt is fake


Hate to break it to you, but the shirt is not the only thing fake ;) Not that it matters.


RE: the pic
By mmntech on 10/12/2007 9:50:58 AM , Rating: 1
Don't know, they seem to have the organic look about them. Not the hard roundness of implants. lol.

It would be nice if they could get this working on some other mobile devices besides cell phones, like say the Sony PSP. It's browser sucks.


RE: the pic
By maverick85wd on 10/12/2007 11:13:42 AM , Rating: 1
fake or real, they all motorboat the same. :-D (as long as they are big enough)

p.s. firefox is the $*@T!


RE: the pic
By Oregonian2 on 10/12/2007 1:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
Is the shirt fake? The white one looked real in the "before" photo. Should have done one of those painted-on "shirts" instead. But then, they're not shirts anyway, fake or not. They're blouses.


.
By DeepBlue1975 on 10/12/2007 8:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
I like firefox, I use it in my PC all the time but...
In my desktop machine I can afford the memory hog firefox is.
In a mobile environment, I would expect it to be highly streamlined and optimized, specially with no memory leaks at all.
In a phone with RAM being somewhere between 16 and 64mb most of the time (with about 60-70% of that really available to the user and apps he might use), you can't afford any program to be a memory hog.

PS: the hoax you were talking about, was about the photoshoped porn girl or about the whole article?
Whichever it is, I want at least the name of the babe :D




RE: .
By Zurtex on 10/12/2007 10:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
The whole idea of talking about brining Firefox to the mobile platform is devices are finally getting to 64 MB of RAM and above. They want to bring a true web experience to the mobile platform, they don't think current browsers do that, but you do need appropriate system resources to do it.


RE: .
By DeepBlue1975 on 10/12/2007 12:43:07 PM , Rating: 2
I have 64mb of RAM, with only 40 available at boot.
Netfront is a very good browser for mobile phones.
The newest Opera for Windows Mobile is simply great (tested the trial, think I'm gonna buy it).

I'm sure firefox could be great, too. But they have to think that in an environment as limited as a handheld or mobile phone, they have to work their asses out to optimize the software for performance and memory occupation, as everyone had to do back in those days when we had PCs with just a little memory, little hard disks and slow processors. That is: don't use a development tool which guarantees bloated software (like Java and MS .Net...), use ASM for critical functions which you'd probably never use in most of actual PC apps, and something that compiles light apps and test it out like crazy to make sure that at least memory is not going to be wasted or leaked.

I love FF in my PC because of its functionality AND because a modern PC can very easily cope with its big memory footprint and memory leaks, but smart phones and handhelds can't afford that luxury yet.


RE: .
By Souka on 10/12/2007 10:48:48 AM , Rating: 2
on my old 8700g Blackberry unit I use the Opera Mini 4 beta 2... works great

My $.02

but I was just thinking the other day, "I wonder if Firefox has a mobile version?"

Guess not.


RE: .
By justjc on 10/12/2007 5:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
Opera works great on my old Samsung E-330 as well, and since it's free, and not microsoft, there is no reason to make a firefox for mobile devices ;)


Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By RjBass on 10/12/07, Rating: 0
RE: Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By mal1 on 10/12/2007 12:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to be under the impression that IE has never had a memory leak...


"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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