Fennec beta to come in summer, have bookmark cloud sync feature

bradlassey Brad Lassey, lead developer of the Fennec browser for Windows Mobile has been interviewed by WMExperts and has dropped some hints of what’s to come in the near future.

When asked how Fennec would compete against incumbents like Opera Mobile and Safari, Brian said: “The first is to bring users the same level of web compatibility, security and ease of use that has made Firefox so successful.”

Some features that will be present in the beta version of the browser, which will be feature complete and come some time this summer will be the same “awesome bar that was introduced in Firefox 3. In Fennec it will be even more useful because of the typing it saves the user.

Another feature will be the ability to sync the users history bookmarks and open tabs between all of their desktops, laptops and mobile devices. This feature, called Weave, will allow one to start researching something on the desktop, continue on your smartphone, and then return right back on a third device where you left off on your smartphone.

Of course Firefox’s biggest ace in the hole has always been its extension support, and Fennec will support the same extension mechanism as Firefox, allowing developers to extend its functionality and users to customize their experience.

Brad also spoke of the Mozilla Fennec Team’s larger ambitions. They aim to develop the browser as a development platform for mobile devices, much like WebOS uses browser technologies for its own applications. At the same time specific mobile functionality, such as geolocation and phone control, will also be exposed to the developers, making for a powerful environment.

Read the full interview at WMExperts here.

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