Until not long ago, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer reigned supreme in the Internet world. That was no longer the case once Mozilla Firefox
came along, and changed the way things were. Right now, where mobile Internet is concerned, users rely on either the Opera Internet Browser, or the Internet Explorer - yet things seem to be about to change here as well.
Rumors about Mozilla going mobile have been around for some time now, and it is already a known fact that Mitchell Baker revealed the long term goals for Firefox, saying that they were aiming to have a proper mobile product out by 2010. At the same time, Mike Schroepfer wrote on his blog that work was underway for the accomplishment of said goal. Then again, this is rather old news – recent developments will certainly be seen as exciting by all those Firefox fans out there.
It seems that an alpha version of Firefox will be ready in just a few weeks. If true, this will surely do away with the 2010 term.
In an interview
with Pete Carey of the San Jose Mercury News, John Lilly, CEO at Mozilla, said than an alpha might drop sometime soon. “We want to make sure that the Web on mobile is more like the Web than what the mobile industry offers today, which is closed, separate networks and not a very good information-getting experience for the user. The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile devices. We’re working on that, and we’ll see some alphas in a few weeks.” Lilly revealed.
Now, this could mean that Mozilla has finally realized that, since it already broke rather late on the mobile Internet
scene, it should try to put on the market a reliable product, and this as soon as possible. Given that Internet Explorer and Opera already have the market covered almost 100%, it suddenly becomes clear why Mozilla is trying to beat the previously announced release date for 2010.