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Firefox compressed for mobile devices

Ian Grant

Road warriors who want to use the Firefox browser on their mobile computing devices but find themselves cramped for memory can now download a compressed version of Firefox Mobile that runs from any CDROM, DVD, USB drive, or hard drive without installation.

If the mobile device happens to be a mobile phone, Mozilla has also announced beta versions of Firefox for Nokia's Maemo tablet PC and Windows Mobile phones.

Aimed strictly at developers, the new releases, dubbed Fennac, help improve the user experience with "a much nicer looking" theme and by fixing many usability issues, said Stuart Parmenter, Mozilla's mobile team technical lead, writing on his blog.

"We have revamped how you install add-ons, improved our download manager and the whole look of the application," he said. "We have started work on making forms on web pages easier to use, providing a nicer combo box user interface than before."

He said software developers were starting to make some interest add-ons for the Fennac platform. They include GeoGuide, which uses the new location-aware APIs to show things like maps and weather close to where the phone is, and GraffiTwit, a Twitter client that lets users write tweets and post images they have drawn.

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