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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


March 31, 2010, 2:00 pm

Can't find it for my Nexus One just yet... perhaps it is just a US launch?


March 31, 2010, 3:31 pm

I thought from reading elsewhere that Fennec on Android was a hack and not an official build. Anyway, I don't really see the point, browsing on a phone is so limited what difference does it make if you use IE or another browser? Opera might be more useful though as it at least conserves bandwidth (so I've read, I've not tried it).


March 31, 2010, 3:52 pm

@HK: I don't really see the point, browsing on a phone

While browsing on a phone is no replacement for browsing on a PC, I certainly wouldn't say it's pointless. While out and about, I've lost the count of the number of times I've used the phone to find some shops nearby, how our local footy team are doing, and been able to do a quick wiki when one of those "how does/where does/the meaning of life" questions pop up. :) Yeah, maybe I could wait until I get home, but I'm getting old now and probably forget by the time I do.


March 31, 2010, 5:26 pm

@Keith: Oh I do it as well. I meant it's so limited in use that I can't see it making much difference which browser you use for the task.


March 31, 2010, 6:09 pm

Wish I had read the update first. Could you put it at the top of the article?


March 31, 2010, 6:50 pm

@piesforyou - we have always put updates at the bottom, but in this case sure thing - makes sense.


March 31, 2010, 9:45 pm


I agree. It is quite hard to differentiate with a mobile browser IMHO. That said, Opera does stand out for speed if not for usability.

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