Mozilla Unleashes Fennec 1.0 Beta

Battle with Opera Mini, Mobile Safari and IE Mobile draws ever closer.

It’s clearly the time for beta browsers, we’ve had the rejuvenated Safari 4, Firefox 3.1 (aka 3.5 come release), Chrome 2.0 and now it’s the turn of cute little Fennec…

Version 1.0 Beta 1 of Mozilla’s first official mobile browser (minimo doesn’t count) is incredibly its 12th iteration and the first to go on general public release.

Built using the same foundations as its bigger brother Fennec employs both the new Firefox 3.1 javascript engine TraceMonkey and uses the established ‘Awesome Bar’ – a smart URL bar – and combines them with a minimalist UI accessed by swiping the browser left or right.

Also hugely noteworthy is that Fennec will continue the famed Firefox trend of offering third party extensions – for many, the killer feature of this open source browser. Early examples are an add-on which syncs tabs, bookmarks and awesome bar content between Firefox and Fennec and a gesture add-on to avoid those menus altogether.

Given its position as by far and away the biggest rival to Internet Explorer’s (undeserved) number one market share position you dismiss Fennec at your peril – and not just because it’s named after the cutest animal alive

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