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Mozilla has begun adding mobile device support to its newer extensions framework--but it's also changing Jetpack's direction and requiring earlier extensions to be rebuilt.
An overhauled version of Firefox for Android could come shortly after January 31--or maybe six weeks later, a stretch in which Apple might sell 26 million iPhones and iPads.
On Tuesday, Mozilla shifts its mobile browser to a faster new foundation--but leaves other features behind.
A native Android interface should make Firefox faster and use less memory--but Mozilla is sacrificing add-on compatibility for the performance boost.
The new test version adds Twitter username and hashtag search, tab-loading controls, and restrictions on add-ons that other software might try to install.
New Firefox versions now will emerge every six weeks as Mozilla tries to be more competitive. That's too rapid for some, but Mozilla is willing to leave them behind.
Mozilla follows in Chrome's footsteps with a browser that's updated more frequently. Also: the new Jetpack interface and CSS animations for Web developers.
Mozilla programmers hope to release the first beta version of Jetpack, Firefox 4's new foundation for customization through add-ons, on Monday. It won't be feature-complete, though.
Mozilla hopes to release the first full version of the Jetpack programming tools by the end of the year. Also a priority: Web-based Flightdeck tool.
We sat down with Mozilla's Jay Sullivan to chat about the Firefox browser for mobile phones.