Firefox mobile beta for Android coming in 2010

CNET spoke with Mozilla's VP of mobile, Jay Sullivan, regarding the development of Firefox mobile and where it currently stands. With Firefox Mobile only being available on select Maemo devices, not many users are being exposed to the world's first add-on capable mobile browser.

Mozilla has decided to drop Windows Mobile development until a native development kit is made available. Until then, the company will focus its resources on Android. Sullivan expects a beta version of Firefox Mobile to be available for Android sometime in late 2010. Assuming they're able to stick to this timetable, we can safely assume that an alpha version will show itself sometime in Q3.

Firefox Mobile will bring add-ons to the mobile browsing world - something no other mobile browser has accomplished. It will support location aware browsing, web site IDs, a pop-up blocker, full history, tab, and bookmark sync between phone and PC (with Weave Sync), and much more. To learn more about Firefox Mobile visit Mozilla's website.

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donkeyman said,
Is the Android browser so bad that we need Firefox or Opera to make it usable?

Maybe not, but Mobile Firefox has add-ons (just like the desktop version) which no other mobile browser has or will have.

If Opera gets in the AppStore I wonder if FF will follow with an iPhone version (I'm mostly interested in an iPad version....that would be nice)

Rudy said,
If Opera gets in the AppStore I wonder if FF will follow with an iPhone version (I'm mostly interested in an iPad version....that would be nice)

I'm pretty sure there are no plans to develop Firefox for iPhone...there are good reasons, but I can't remember the specifics of it (probably something to do with Apple's closed system though).

Bhav said,

I'm pretty sure there are no plans to develop Firefox for iPhone...there are good reasons, but I can't remember the specifics of it (probably something to do with Apple's closed system though).

If it has anything to do with being a native app then yes, it won't happen. But Opera mini isn't a native browser. mini =/= mobile. Opera mini is just a front end and all the page rendering is done on the server side. It's not a native app.

Besides a firefox version of Opera mini has been done, it's called skyfire.