Mobile Firefox Fennec coming to Android?

It is officially confirmed. Firefox for Android is under development and is soon to arrive. The browser will run its first test on the Android platform sometime in February with the first alpha release coming some months later.

Fennec is the mobile version of Firefox based on the same engine powering the desktop browser with all the features present in the desktop version. One important feature in the mobile version is the presence on add-ons.

This news from the German Firefox community comes as a confirmation for news of Firefox release for Android platform which came out in 2009. The development news on this Firefox for Android can be found at this German Firefox forum. But this news was interpreted as a Firefox alpha release for Android, responding to which the Android team said,

Android is on our mobile road map, but the German reports were a bit exaggerated. The Android version of Fennec is not yet in alpha so on the wayis premature.

But one thing is clear. Firefox for Android will probably be tested first sometime in February but an alpha release will surely come later this year.

With the release of Weave Sync version 1.0, syncing data between the mobile version and the desktop version just got easier. This promises an equally good browsing experience on the desktop as well as on mobile. The only question is, when is Firefox for Android actually coming out?

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.