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Mozilla Is Betting On Linux-Based Mobile Operating Systems!!

Monday, 19 October 2009 16:00

Written by Apocalypso.

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n900_mozillaIn an interview with GigaOM, Mozilla CEO Jon Lily hinted that Mozilla is betting heavily on two major Linux-Based Mobile Operating Systems, Nokia’s Maemo and Google’s Android platform and not expecting that Mozilla will support the BlackBerry OS and other mobile platforms except Windows Mobile anytime soon.

Latest Beta of Fennec browser can already be used on Nokia's Maemo powered N900 Smartphone and Lilly is overall very positive for the N900 because it based on a modern OS "built with the internet in mind" and is aimed to provides consumers with the same Internet services they have become accustomed to on their desktop PC.

Lilly has admitted that Firefox is behind other WebKit-based browsers on the mobile platform: "Sure, we are behind, but we didn't want to do a browser that didn't do the whole web" but he also stated that: "We wanted to build a browser that did everything - Javascript, CSS, Flash, SVG, video and audio. What that meant was we had to wait for a while for devices to get better to handle this modern browser."

"It is the most advanced mobile browser, " he said, adding that its latest BETA version of Fennec browser is based on the Firefox 3.6 engine, which is not even available on the PC yet. "We wanted to build a browser that did everything — Javascript, CSS, Flash, SVG, video and audio. What that meant was we had to wait for a while for devices to get better to handle this modern browser, " Lilly said.
As mobile browsers converge more and more with the desktop experience, the mobile browser with the best add-on implementation will get a leg up. Various different extensions were a vital ingredient to Firefox's success among mainstream users, and they stand a good chance of pitching Firefox Mobile against competitors.
Jay Sullivan, vice president of Mobile for Mozilla, said that: “Mozilla Firefox will be the first mobile browser to support add-ons.” He also pointed towards the immense number of Firefox add-ons that have been downloaded until now. According to Sullivan, Firefox on the mobile market is expected to see the same traction from users.

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Desktop version of the Firefox has a huge users base and most of them are so called power users and when it comes time to choose a mobile browser they’ll most probably choose the portable version of its favorite desktop solution and therefore it will be really interesting to see how Mozilla’s mobile browser would stack up to Opera Mini , Skyfire and other big players in the already extremely crowded mobile browser world.


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Source: Gigaom over Softpedia

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