Posted on 11-Oct-2007 08:23
Filed under: News
Users will be able to run Mozilla-based browsers on their mobile devices, if the plan goes well. he plan is to add mobile devices to the first class/tier-1 platform set for Mozilla. This means core platform decisions will be made with mobile devices as first-class citizens.
As a result of this effort Mozilla will ship a version of "Mobile Firefox" which can, among other things, run Firefox extensions on mobile devices and allow others to build rich applications via XUL.
The foundation will expand its small team of full-time mobile contributors to focus on the technology and application needs of mobile devices. Two new people just joined the team:
- Christian Sejersen, recently the head of browsers at Openwave which has shipped over 1 billion mobile browsers, joined Mozilla Monday. He'll be heading up the platform engineering effort and setting up a R&D center in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Brad Lassey just joined Mozilla from France Telecom R&D. He's already been an active contributor to our mobile efforts and can now focus on Mozilla mobile full time.
On a blog post in the mozilllazine.org site, the explanation on why increase Mozilla's presence in mobile now: "A large portion of the world accesses the Internet from mobile devices, and this will become increasingly true over time (mobile devices outsell computers 20-1). Each Firefox install is an individual choice by a person to download something that didn't ship by default on their computer. Why not offer that option for mobile devices?"
Mozilla has already developed a couple of mobile browsers including Mozilla for the Nokia N800 and the Minimo project, a version running on Windows Mobile. These are not part of the main project though, which is the main reason of this announcement.
Minimo was an experiment in mapping the desktop browser experience to a specific mobile context and Mozilla has no plas to develop the project further.
The project is focused on Mozilla technology that will ship after Firefox 3 so don't expect Mozilla to be avaialble on a mobile device in the current time frame.