p2pnet news | Open Source:- Mozilla has plans to plan to rock the mobile web, says VP of engineering Mike Schroepfer.
“We are serious about bringing the Firefox experience and technology to mobile devices,” he says on schrep’s blog.
Christian Sejersen, recently the head of browsers at Openwave, has joined Mozilla to head up the platform engineering effort and to set up a R&D center in Copenhagen, Denmark.
And Brad Lassey, already an active contributor to Mozilla’s mobile efforts, has moved to Mozilla from France Telecom R&D and can, “now focus on Mozilla mobile full time,” says the post.
Does this have anything to do with Minimo, touted as an application using Mozilla technologies to, “produce a highly usable web browser for advanced mobile devices”?
“Minimo was an experiment in mapping the desktop browser experience to a specific mobile context,” says Schroepfer.
“While we don’t currently plan to develop that project further, it has already provided us with valuable information about how Gecko operates in mobile environments, has helped us reduce footprint, and has given us a platform for initial experimentation in user experience.”
Rather, “This project is focused on Mozilla technology that will ship after Firefox 3,” he states, going on:
We’re at least as excited as you about getting Mozilla’s great web capabilities into your hands, literally, but it’s a big undertaking, and won’t be something that we can wrap up in time for Firefox 3.
What’ll it run on?
Mozilla hasn’t decided on target platforms, but if you’re a mobile device or software-stack developer with an idea or two, the foundation would like to hear from you, he says.
So what, precisely, does the news mean?
Mozilla will add mobile devices to the first class/tier-1 platform set for Mozilla2. This means we will make core platform decisions with mobile devices as first-class citizens.
We will ship a version of “Mobile Firefox” which can, among other things, run Firefox extensions on mobile devices and allow others to build rich applications via XUL.
schrep’s blog – Mozilla and Mobile, October 9, 2007
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