"For these releases we have worked on improving the user experience, replacing our old theme with a much nicer looking one and fixing numerous usability issues," Mozilla wrote in a blog post. "We've continued to increase performance and responsiveness."
One of the reasons Mozilla was able to be successful on the desktop is the ability for users to create and install extensions for things like blocking advertisements or playing music. The company is bringing this element to Fennec, and it said the developer community is beginning to create some "exciting" add-ons like GeoGuide's location-aware mapping, and GraffiTwit's Twitter client. The company said it should be relatively easy for developers to port existing extensions to the mobile browser.
Mozilla will be facing an increasingly crowded field when Fennec is released before the end of the year for Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones. Along with on-deck browsers like Apple's Safari mobile on the iPhone, the company is facing competition from multiple third-party browsers.
Opera is the leader in this market, as its Opera Mini browser is being used by more than 20 million customers. Startup Skyfire has received a lot of attention because its mobile browser lets users access and interact with Web sites that have Flash, Ajax, Java, QuickTime, and other Web technologies.
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