Mozilla Fennec

Mozilla Fennec

For those that love Firefox, consider Fennec, the mobile alternative. Mozilla Fennec has been in development for Android over the last few months and we’re excited to announce that it is now in a public pre-alpha release. This means that it is buggy and broken, but in general should offer you the ability to browse the internet! The information comes to us via the official Fennec Ground Zero Blog. Here is an extract to give you an idea of what you can expect.

This build should be considered “pre-alpha”, so there are some warnings and caveats:

  • We’ve only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.
  • It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
  • Memory usage of this build isn’t great — in many ways it’s a debug build, and we haven’t really done a lot of optimization yet.  This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
  • You’ll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we’re working to get rid of it.
  • You can’t open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
  • This build requires Android 2.0 or above, and likely an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable device.
  • Edit: This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.

There are some cool features in development for Fennec, including Weave Sync, which effectively synchronizes your bookmarks and passwords and what-not with your desktop computer. Nice.
[Via Vladimir Vukićević — Words]

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.