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Firefox Mobile Hits Android, LinkedIn Lands On BlackBerry

Gordon Kelly


Firefox Mobile Hits Android, LinkedIn Lands On BlackBerry

Note: Turns out the Firefox Mobile build is simply an enthusiastic port from a coder. Mozilla to date has had a completely misguided sense of priorities when it has come to its mobile edition - it is 2 1/2 YEARS since the project was confirmed - so why start now?

Two natural combinations here...

Firstly Firefox Mobile (dubbed 'Fennec' for very cute reasons - just image search it) has finally hit a useful platform. After appearing on Maemo which was promptly canned and turned into MeeGo, then wasting time developing it for Windows Mobile, before scrapping the whole idea - Mozilla has finally hit a sensible platform by bringing it to Google Android.

While still in an early state, Mozilla has made it available in Android Marketplace for testing and though performance still needs to be optimised, most of the goodies are in there such as full screen browsing, off-screen menus and that all important support for Add-ons.

The bad news? Firefox Mobile only works on Android v2.0 and above so let's hope Google's firmware update overhaul will get users with older devices up to date sooner rather than later.

Next up and - while it has taken a surprisingly long time - the world's largest business networking site has at last brought out an official app for the world's most popular business smartphone: LinkedIn has landed on BlackBerry. A pretty strong experience is available right from version 1.0 with network updates, search, connections, invitations, messaging and 'reconnection' (connection suggestions) all in there.

You'll need to be running BlackBerry OS 4.3 or above for the LinkedIn app to work (if you aren't then you're not really a cutting edge technology networker, are you?) and it can be grabbed now from the link below.


Firefox Mobile video via schirrmacher.eu

LinkedIn for BlackBerry

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