Firefox Mobile To Come "Late 2010" With Android, Meego, WinMo Versions

After grabbing a significant share in the desktop web browser share market, Mozilla Foundations seems all set to make a mark in the smartphone domain.

One executive at the high-profile foundation’s indicated that the mobile version of the Firefox web browser is inching closer to finish and could be released as soon as this year.

In an interview with Tech Radar, Jay Sullivan, VP of mobile at Mozilla Foundation, said that an Android iteration of the Foundation’s signature Firefox browser will be made available by the end of this year.

Since Android mobile OS is Java-based and Firefox browser’s code is written in C and C++, there was difficulty in bringing Firefox onto Android platform as it involved dealing with a lot of technical tasks behind the scene, he said.

He sounded pretty optimistic about Android platform when he said: “It's a modern OS, and it's a great fit with us. It's the type of platform that has a high affinity with the early adopter, and it's seen a lot of uptake”.

In addition, Sullivan also mentioned about launching a Windows version of Firefox, but said the Foundation has to decide whether to go for the erstwhile Windows 6.5 or newly released Windows Phone 7 platform.

He further hails the arrival of MeeGo, a new breakthrough mobile OS being developed by Nokia and Intel, as a step ahead in the positive direction making things easier for Mozilla.

Our Comments

Finally, a bit more competition for Opera Mini and Mobile. There are also clues that Microsoft will be launching a significantly improved version of IE for its Windows Phone series while Blackberry has already released a new Web-kit based browser.

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