Firefox Mobile to be ready by end of year

More details about the mobile Firefox web browser are emerging. Mozilla first announced a renewed focus and plans for a mobile version of its Firefox browser back in late 2007.

Mozilla has has indicated that two versions, one for Windows Mobile and one for embedded Linux, will be available before the end of the year. Five full-time engineers are now working on the project and Mozilla will hire more. Mozilla is also receiving help from device manufacturers. For example, Samsung has provided suggestions for the user interface and both Intel and ARM are working with the company to ensure that the software runs on their processors. Nokia has also contributed code that it originally developed for its N800 and N810 Internet Tablets.

Mozilla has also held informal talks with mobile operators. Some may resist adopting such a browser, preferring to lock devices to their own services.

Mozilla has confirmed that the mobile version of Firefox will be free like the desktop version.

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