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[heise-online] A Faster Fox - Fennec Alpha 2 arrives

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source article: http://www.heise-online.co.uk/news/A...rives--/112308

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Fennec alpha 2, the Mozilla mobile browser, has been released for testing purposes. The update to the smaller fox, includes faster panning and zooming, better responsiveness when pages are being loaded, hooks for extension authors and look and feel improvements. Fennec is available for the Nokia N810 Internet tablet, but there are also demonstration versions available for Windows,OSX and Linux (note – all three preceding links are to download compressed files).

Taking the demonstration version out for a run on OS X we found the alpha 2 was more responsive as promised and the user interface was richer, without crowding the display with controls, a flaw of many mobile applications. We are looking forward to testing Fennec on a mobile internet device soon.


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This is an early developer release of the mobile version of Firefox, for testing purposes only, intended to:

* get wider community feedback on our approach to the user experience
* engage Mozilla community teams, including localizers, add-on developers, and testers
* get feedback from Web developers

The initial focus of development was on building a new user interface that reflects Firefox's design principles, and adds touch screen support and other features that are appropriate for mobile phones and other handheld devices. For alpha 2, we focused mainly on performance, improving the responsiveness of panning and zooming, both while pages are loading and when they have completed loading. There are still many improvements we intend to make, including enabling TraceMonkey by default.

Edited by yawnbox - 12/24/08 at 1:47am
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That's...an interesting mascot they got going there.
    
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That's...an interesting mascot they got going there.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennec_Fox

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The Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara Desert of North Africa which has distinctive very large ears.

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OMG! They had Fennecs at the Living Desert back home! Those things are so damn cute!!!!!!!

/girlsqueal.

*cough*

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Looks like a friendly gremlin. lol
I hope they make this as fast as opera mini (or faster of course) but can read flash. That's the only reason I still have skyfire.
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