Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura

An Open Web advocate and front-end engineer, who loves everything mobile, and writes about HTML5, CSS, JS, UX, tech events, gadgets, etc. She unintentionally got 15min of fame by creating The HTTP Status Cats. Also, the opinions expressed here are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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Meet Fennec, a little brother of Firefox

Here comes Fennec!!! (Release note)

It’s been a whole year since Firefox first announced that they were developing for their mobile version, after the not-so-successful Minimo for WinMo, and they finally released this public alpha for Nokia N810, whose default built-in browser is already Mozilla-based MicroB.

Unfortunately neither I or my beloved DeviceAnywhere has N810 device, so I tried the one for Mac OS.
Because this is for N810 WVGA screen, so the browser window is set 800×480 pixel, and support touch screen (so you need flick the screen to navigate). I am wondering how comfortable with the UI on other smaller screen devices, or how non-touch screen UI would look like. (Or are they even planning to support one?)

Anyway, I was playing around and tested some pages quickly:

Fennec Alpha Fennec Alpha
(left) Startup screen, and (right) Yahoo! search.

Fennec Alpha Acid3 Test on Fennec
(L) My twitter home page. Editting was a bit pain because I don’t see a cursor on this emulator. (R) Run Acid3 test. 90/100 is good (better than iPhone Safari but doesn’t beat the latest Webkit which gets perfect score).

Fennec Alpha Fennec Alpha
(L) iCuteOverload. Looks like it supports iUI nicely. I need to take out the “-webkit” prefix to see if border-image works on Fennec. (R) Some tests on event – not seems to support (both results “true” on iPhone Safari)

Anyway, overall I think this is pretty sweet. I am excite to see the battle among Webkit – Apple vs. Google, and vs. Mozilla.Also, if you are lucky enough own N810, try install it on your device!

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