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Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released 57

An anonymous reader writes "Firefox Mobile 1.1 has been released for Maemo devices such as the Nokia N900. Madhava Enros has put together a field guide for Firefox Mobile 1.1 which highlights what's new and notable in this release."
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Firefox Mobile 1.1 Released

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  • Re:J2ME (Score:2, Informative)

    by xOneca ( 1271886 ) on Saturday July 03, 2010 @06:36AM (#32784504) Homepage
    Huh! They won't do that [mozilla.org]...
  • Re:J2ME (Score:5, Informative)

    by segin ( 883667 ) <segin2005@gmail.com> on Saturday July 03, 2010 @06:42AM (#32784522) Homepage

    Except it wouldn't be Firefox. Opera Mini isn't Opera, although it uses Opera. Opera Mini is:

    • A client for an Internet-based service
    • A specialized, non-HTML markup render

    Opera Mini (and for that matter, BitStream BOLT) is a J2ME client for an Internet service. This service involves a server that runs a web browser. For Opera Mini, the server runs a customized copy of Presto. For BitStream BOLT, customized WebKit. The web browser on the server sends back specialized markup and data in a "partially rendered" format - doing a lot of the rendering on the service server, but yet returning rich data back to the client, as opposed to a big image file with a clickmap, Things like complex CSS rules might be render to the client as markup saying, "draw a blue box from 35,15 to 100,85". Text is sent to allow for reflowability.

    Firefox for J2ME would mean Mozilla would have to run a server containing a specialized Gecko renderer that outputs a simplified form of the page as simple markup, plus a J2ME client that would finish rendering from the simplified output. Great concept but too many problems.

  • It's okay (Score:5, Informative)

    by digitalchinky ( 650880 ) on Saturday July 03, 2010 @07:12AM (#32784626)

    Firefox was release a few days ago on the N900. The user interface is indeed nice, very intuitive too, however the browser is still quite slow. If you enable flash (through about:config) it hangs the interface for long periods of time, particularly with video playback it stutters constantly - probably flash 10.1 will sort this out whenever they feel like releasing it - my understanding is that this version of flash will have hardware acceleration.

    All in all it's nice, I would love to use it as my default browser, though the interface is a little unresponsive at the moment. Chromium suffers the same problem in a way.

  • by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Saturday July 03, 2010 @08:17AM (#32784900) Homepage Journal

    The real question is how did you manage to miss that MeeGo is essentially not a replacement, but rebranding? (and hardware of mobile phones supposedly wasn't there yet, in 2003)

    Uh, what? Almost everything is totally different in MeeGo. I mean, it's going from GTK+ to Qt, for starters. Or how about the fact that it's based on Moblin, not on Maemo? I was following the Moblin releases when they suddenly became MeeGo and went from having to not having a GUI on x86.

    MeeGo is absolutely a replacement for Maemo. And your Maemo software won't run on it. And Maemo was NEVER fully opened, but MeeGo is supposed to be, and Moblin was.

  • by chill ( 34294 ) on Saturday July 03, 2010 @10:43AM (#32785684) Journal

    No, that isn't true. Double-tap is "smart zoom". Use the hardware volume keys to zoom in and out in increments.

  • Re:MAEMO? Who cares? (Score:3, Informative)

    by toadlife ( 301863 ) on Saturday July 03, 2010 @01:30PM (#32786812) Journal

    http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/versions/ [opera.com]

    Unless your WinMo phone has very little RAM (less than 50MB free on bootup), you should be a be able to run Opera Mobile. They offer it for free now on their site.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.