Mozilla Targets Mobile Browser Market

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The Mozilla Foundation claims to be working with various phone manufacturers, who are already using Minimo, a 'mini-Mozilla' browser for consumer devices. The concept behind the project is to go on from Firefox's success in the browser desktop market, to strive with the market for browsers on mobile devices (phones, PDAs).

"If Firefox is the greatest browser on the desktop, we need the greatest browser on devices and are working hard on it," assumed Doug Turner, the project leader of Minimo. He also assumed there are two mobile phone companies that are already using Minimo.

This market will be harder to tackle than the desktop browser market, as manufacturers rather than consumers create the choice on which browser to use. "We can showcase things to consumers - to show them what they should acquire from their phone - but the bigger thing is to show the manufacturers that they can embed Mozilla into their device," assumed Turner.

Minimo developers have already found a solution to the problem of rendering Web pages on small devices. This feature was included in both version 0.1 and 0.2 of Minimo. Turner claims that this solution is already better than some products in the marketplace. "A lot of browsers ignore frames or have limited Javascript support - they do terrible jobs," assumed Turner. "With Minimo, if it renders OK in Firefox, it will render OK in Minimo." The technology works by shrinking less vital images, such as banner ads, and wrapping columns around to create a single column, so that users only need to scroll vertically.

Minimo 0.3 will include improved Web page navigation for mobile phone users. At present, phone users need to linearly tab through every link on the page to acquire to the correct link, but the recent technology will allow users to go between links on the Web page using the arrow keys. Minimo 0.3 will also automatically complete URLs as they are being typed in and the functionality will be improved to allow users to zoom in and out of Web pages.

Minimo's main competitor in the mobile phone browsing market is Opera, which produces versions of its browser for various mobile phones including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic and Siemens handsets. But Turner assumed there is definitely a demand for an alternative to Opera from set-top box and phone manufacturers, which don't want to pay royalties. Another advantage of Minimo is that it is fully standards compliant and is compatible with various platforms.

The first demo of this technology is likely to be available before June, assumed Turner.


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