Not too long ago, we blogged about the developments surrounding Fennec – Mozilla’s “Firefox for Android.” Here’s a rather harsh update of their progress (or lack thereof) from blogger Sean Michael Kerner:
So here we are more than two years after Mozilla kickstarted its mobile efforts, and they’ve announce the first beta for Firefox 4 Mobile on Android and Maemo. So forgive me for not being too excited about the this new beta, I’ve heard this song before.
Sure, there are differences this time around. Firefox 4 is a superior browser to the base that Mozilla developers first started with for Fennec and yes Android is likely the best target they’ve ever had for a mobile platform with vastly more users than Maemo (isn’t that supposed to be MeeGo now?!)
The ability to sync desktop and mobile is a great idea and that’s likely the ideal use case scenario under which Firefox 4 Mobile will thrive on Android devices. For iPhone users, there is no Firefox Mobile, but they can benefit from the Firefox Home application instead.
Choice is always a great thing, though in my experience the Android web browser is already a fast and very capable technology. It’s not like Windows users with IE that really need another option, Android users aren’t exactly suffering. Blackberry users, now that’s another story — I haven’t seen any effort from Mozilla to target that platform (and likely won’t either).
Have you tested this beta version? Let us know what you think.