First Firefox Mobile Alpha Released

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 19, 2008
Updated • Dec 1, 2012
Apps, Firefox

Mozilla released the first public alpha version of the upcoming Firefox Mobile version which is currently only available for OS2008 ("Maemo") software platforms that run on Nokia N810 Internet Tablets and desktop PCs running Windows, Linux or Macintosh.

Since the distribution rate of Nokia N810 Internet Tablets is surely slim most users will experience the mobile version of Firefox on desktop PCs instead. The desktop PC release is aimed at users who want to test and expand the mobile client version of Firefox.

Users can download the first version of Mozilla Fennec M9 on the project website where versions for all supported devices and operating systems can be downloaded.

Features of Firefox Mobile alpha:

Easy navigation to Web content:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar ("awesome bar")
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search - built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engines

Web content:

  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Zoom in and out


  • Instant Web site ID ("Larry")
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Devices services integration:

  • Click on a phone number to initiate a call
  • JavaScript API to get device location
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data


  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane

Mozilla Fennec can be started after downloading and unpacking the release without installation which makes it a portable release.

Update: Firefox is now also available for Android devices. It can be directly downloaded and installed from Google Play where it has received quite good ratings so far. Compatibility varies by device, whatever that means, but the mobile browser should run just fine on the majority of Android smartphones.

The version supports Firefox add-ons, synchronization with the desktop version of Firefox to sync your bookmarks, passwords and all that good stuff, and several other features that you are used to work with when you work with Firefox on the desktop.


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