Mozilla browser, on your WinMo
By on September 13th, 2009

Fennec Alpha 3 is Mozilla’s mobile browser for Windows Mobile devices, and still in development with Alpha 3 release just out. The latest release makes changes to the mobile browser’s theme, and its scrolling and panning performance.

Fennec Alpha 3 - Tabs Fennec Alpha 3 - Webpage  Fennec Alpha 3 - Sidebar

Mozilla says it has increased Fennec’s start-up time, although users will need to reboot the Windows Mobile phone for the difference to take effect. Also, the latest release supports more screen resolutions for any other Windows Mobile phone.

Fennec, like Google Maps, uses what is called a tile cache rendering system to hold onto the part of the screen that has already been rendered. As you scroll and pan around, it should take less time to refresh the screen, since Fennec will not be downloading the same content afresh.

Fennec Alpha 3 for WinMo features great work and innovation, but is still an an unstable alpha release. The .cab installer is a very large 9.5 MB, and the installation footprint is huge as well.

You can find the release notes here and a cab installer here. On your device, you can use a shortened URL to download the cab installer: http://bit.ly/wma3cab.

Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

Abhishek Baxi has written and can be contacted at abhishek@techie-buzz.com.

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