Mozilla changes name of mobile browser from "Fennec" to "Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900"

Mozilla changes name of mobile browser from
How do you go from a 2.x build of software to 4.x without making a single change in code? By changing the name of the product, that's how. Mozilla's mobile version of its Firefox browser has had the code name "Fennec" for some time now. And while Fennec 2.0 is still being updated with nightly builds and remains in alpha, the rendering engine that drives both the mobile and desktop browsers is the same. That has led Mozilla to change the version number of the mobile browser to match the desktop software. Thus, "Firefox 2.0b1 for Android & Maemo" is becoming "Firefox 4.0b1 for Android & Maemo" and when it is released, the title will be "Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900".

The idea is to align the version numbers of both browsers so that no one is confused that the desktop version of Firefox is at 4.x and the mobile version is at 2.x. As Mark Finkle, a member of the Mozilla team working on Firefox simply puts it on his blog, "Treating them as the same version seemed like the right thing to do."

source: MarkFinkle



1. PHONE FREAK unregistered

FireFox used to be my baby. Now its Google Chrome.

4. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Agreed, though I'm interested to see a browser war on a mobile platform... I doubt Apple will play (or maybe even allow others to play on their platform), but between Dolphin, Google, Firefox, Opera, Skyfire and XScope, I definitely gonna shop around

2. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

N900 was the worst purchase I ever made. Next to zero support from Nokia and it had an awful battery life. Great phone, but it was missing so many fixes that could have made it great.

3. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I also had the N900. Loved it but the lack of updates and support switched me back to Android.

5. thatdude1 unregistered

What are you two talking about? I have a Nokia N900 and it's an awesome handset! There is also loads of support for it. Have you tried There was just an update for it to pr 1.2 and the apps for it are updated constantly. Just as good as any Android handset out there, and capable of doing just as much, if not more. And there will be an update to pr 1.3 from Nokia.

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