We're still clinging to the name Fennec -- it's a smashing big-eared fox, after all. But even with its new, boring name, Firefox Mobile, we still found much to love in the mobile browser from Mozilla. In our recent test of mobile Web browsers, it was the fastest and most innovative one we used.
But we had to test the alpha Windows Mobile version on a frankly mediocre Toshiba TG01. The boys from Mozilla took pity and lent us a shiny new Nokia N900 Maemo
phone to show off the upcoming release version in all its glory.
Mozilla told us we should expect Firefox Mobile to be out of beta in mid-December for phones running Maemo -- so that means the Nokia N900, which you probably won't have. It couldn't tell us why it hadn't gone with Android, another open-source mobile operating system that actually has phones we can buy, but it did promise plenty more versions, for a range of OSs, are on their way.
You can find the latest version of Firefox Mobile at mozilla.com/mobile. In the meantime, click 'Continue' to check out our hands-on photos of the little vixen's fabulous features.
Weave is an add-on developed by Mozilla which merges all your Firefoxes -- whether on your desktop PC or your mobile. Your passwords, history and bookmarks are all available on the go, and it even shows the tabs you had open in your other browsers.
The Firefox 'awesome bar' lives in Firefox mobile -- it's an address bar that also shows your your history and bookmarks. Typing a few characters gets you to a previously visited or bookmarked page -- very handy on a mobile phone, where typing is often a pain.
The download manager is the icing on the cake, because it's often hard to know where your downloads end up on a mobile phone. You can pause and resume downloads here too -- but we'd love to see a setting that resumes downloads over Wi-Fi and pauses them when we're on 3G.