Mozilla updates mobile browser

An experimental version of a mobile phone browser developed from the open source Firefox code base has been released.

An experimental version of a mobile phone browser developed from the open source Firefox code base has been released.

The Firefox browser is increasingly popular, and has now been downloaded more than 75 million times, according to the Mozilla Foundation.

As part of Mozilla’s Minimo project, which aims to bring a Firefox-style browser to small devices or machines with limited system resources, developer Doug Turner has released Minimo 0.007 for Windows CE.

Minimo is designed to be easier to use and display web pages better than available mobile phone browsers.

The release, described as “very experimental”, offers tabbed browsing and support for plug-ins. It also includes a space-saving XUL progress meter in the browser’s location bar while pages are loading.

Minimo 0.007 has an improved performance and has a smaller footprint, at 75% of the size of the previous 0.006 version, Turner said on his weblog.

Screenshots of Minimo 0.007 released with the new version show it in use to display complex web pages, including aerial photographs produced by Google Maps.

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