Give Fennec a spin

While it’s not actually available for Windows Mobile yet, you can download an emulator of Fennec, the new Firefox Mobile (a fennec is a small desert fox) and try it out on your desktop. I’ve played around with it a bit and I’m really, really impressed. If this runs at reasonable speed on a Windows Mobile phone, it’s going to make people forget all about Opera Mobile, Iris and Skyfire, not to mention the Internet Explorer 6 that we’re not likely to get without buying new devices.

Fennec M9 (user experience alpha) for Maemo release notes

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

Security:

* 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

Also:

* Searchable download manager
* Preferences pane

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