Mozilla mobile browser beta released

Fennec, the mobile version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been made available in beta.

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Fennec, the mobile version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been made available in beta.

According to Mozilla, Fennec, whic is only currently available on Nokia N810 internet tablets www.nokia.co.uk , has been optimised to offer faster zooming and smoother panning.

"We've done heavy optimisations to our frontend code and made a number of optimisations to the platform," said Mozilla developer Stuart Parmenter in a blog.

"We've also been able to improve startup performance by reducing a good bit of unnecessary work."

The mobile browser also features TraceMonkey, Mozilla's Javascript rendering engine, as well as the ability watch videoson websites using plug-ins and support for bookmark folders.

"A number of performance hotspots have been identified that we'll continue to focus on until we ship final - in fact, we have fixed number of issues already for the next beta. One of our main focuses for the next milestone will be on polishing the user interface - areas like the extension manager will get a face lift and we'll start working more on some of the usability issues people have reported," added Parmenter.

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