Mozilla Takes its Fennec Technology Toward Firefox for Tablets

by Sam Dean - Sep. 14, 2011Comments (0)

All the way back in 2008, we were covering Mozilla's effort to deliver an innovative mobile browser, dubbed Fennec (Fennec is a small Fox...smaller than a Firefox). The Fennec project has not taken the world by storm since then, but the underlying technology powers a new version of Firefox for tablet devices that could make some waves. This week, a blog post announced that Firefox for Tablets has arrived in Nightly Builds.

According to the blog post:

"We, Firefox Mobile front-enders, have been working hard for the last few weeks to get the new Firefox UI for tablets in place for general testing. It has now reached a functional state that is good enough for getting some early feedback."

The post follows an earlier one that provides a general overview of how Firefox for Tablets will work. As it reported:

"Firefox for tablets is an evolution of its phone based predecessor, with some added enhancements that take advantage of a tablet’s larger screen size...Firefox looks right at home on Android 3.0, drawing its overall theme from Honeycomb’s minimalist design language. Of course, this is still Firefox, so we’ve made sure to keep familiar visual elements in place, like our signature big back button and a distinctive tab shape."

It's wise for Mozilla to deliver a version of Firefox for tablets, and particularly Android tablets. It looks like Firefox for Tablets will also carry over some of the innovative interface work that went into Fennec. If you're interested in how the browser may look and feel, check out the screenshot tour, found here



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