Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo

Last month, Mozilla released the latest of its installment for the hot product Fennec 1.0. Now it has got the Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo. What is Fennec by the way? Fennec 1.o is a mobile browser that is especially designed for the mobile units bearing OS2008 ("Maemo") software platforms.

Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo


The Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo release has brought major improvements in terms of browsing performance. Mozilla made "big improvements to kinetic panning and added the ability to scroll iframes". For now, you can download the following:

Part of the speed enhancement is the putting in place a tile-based rendering system to cache the areas of the page you’ve visited. Although Fennec is still in the continuous process of improving in various components, it is surely a robust add-on for your advanced mobile computing experience and requirements.

Installing Fennec requires the mobile unit Nokia N810 and N800 Internet Tablets running OS2008 ("chinook" or "diablo"). You may want to take a look at the Fennec installation instructions, should you finally opt to put it in your mobile gadget.

Mozilla is kind enough (well, they should be) to supply us with useful tips and tricks in using Fennec, as follows:
  • to use the full screen for browsing, click the button on the left hand side on top of the device (to the left of the -/+ buttons)
  • swipe left to expose back/forward/bookmark and settings buttons; swipe right to dismiss them
  • swipe right to expose tabs; swipe left to dismiss them
  • stowed away URL bar full page viewing; URL bar reappears when you begin an action
  • touch Settings button to adjust preferences; touch button again to go bac

There are still knows issues pertaining to Fennec browser like the Bug 481950 where it is difficult to type in passwords in password fields. Also, some plugins may not always work properly in some desktop builds. And yes, running Fennec would require you, at least a RAM of 128 mb or higher.

froystig of the froystig or something made a very intensive blog post about Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo that you may want to take a look. There is also the Mozilla Fennec Maemo Beta 3 release notes and annoucement.

Download Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo - just in case you forgot, the link is here.

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