Firefox Mobile RC 1 released for Nokia N900

Firefox Mobile RC 1 released for Nokia N900I just woke up this morning and saw an email from my buddy Phil from WMExperts that was a great way to start of 2010. Last night Firefox Mobile RC 1 was made available as a free download for Nokia N900 owners. I quickly went and downloaded it and am working on a video of it to share with you as I test it out a bit.

According to the Mozilla site, here are the features of Firefox Mobile:

  • The Real Deal Forget about the clunky, stripped-down mobile Web you’re used to. Firefox delivers the performance and security you expect, plus all the bells and whistles you know and love.
  • Site for Sore Eyes Tabs and browser controls are stowed away to the sides of the screen. Now you can see what’s been hiding all this time – the entire Web page. Enjoy the view.
  • Touch of Genius Bookmark your favorite sites with one touch. Swipe your finger across the screen to access tabs or install useful add-ons. Double tap to zoom. So smart it’s simple.
  • Awesome Bar Forget about typing long URLs, let the Awesome Bar do the searching and get you the sites you love in an instant.
  • Get Personal Add-ons have gone mobile. Personalize your browser and make it your own. Search and install add-ons on the go.
  • Password Manager Typing passwords on your phone is just plain hard. Why do it more than once? Choose to “remember” site passwords and forget ever having to endure long and difficult typing.
  • Fab Tabs Your tabs are close at hand. Just swipe your finger to the right to see thumbnails of all your open tabs to find what you want quickly.
  • Be a Local… Wherever You Are Looking for the city’s best live music joint? An alternative route to the highway? Get insider info and access maps with Location-Aware Browsing.
  • Get Up and Go Get Weave and surf the Web on your PC, get up and go, and have everything waiting for you on your phone: your history, open tabs, bookmarks, the Awesome Bar – just as you had left it.
I am particularly interested in Weave and syncing everything from my desktop to my N900. This can be very powerful and I sure hope this Release Candidate performs faster than the previous betas.

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10 Comments to Firefox Mobile RC 1 released for Nokia N900

bas heetebrij
January 1, 2010

matt, is it still as slow as the beta5 version? i uninstalled it for that reason… If it gets faster I may consider it again, but till then the built-in browser suits me well.

Matthew Miller
January 1, 2010

Unfortunately, I am still finding it quite slow. I am perfectly happy with the default browser too.

Neil
January 1, 2010

I have to be honest Firefox coming to N900 seems very pointless. I got a chance to play with my friend’s N900 and all I can say is it’s really solid, if not almost perfect.

The phone could do with a serious UI overhaul, but a new browser….ah not so much.

Bas Heetebrij
January 2, 2010

thanks Matt. that saves me an install and uninstall. :-)

Tom Chiverton
January 2, 2010

Well, it’s slow. But it supports Weave sync’ing with your desktop. Although it has AdBlock (like the built in browser), it doesn’t run Flash (unlike the built in browser).

I’ll keep it installed, as it saves me retyping all my passwords for little-used web sites, but the speed is so bad I’ll be using the built in one day-to-day. Shame as the awesome bar is, well, awesome :-)

Ante Vukorepa
January 3, 2010

I found it slower than the beta 5. Unusably so.

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Jaret
January 6, 2010

I thought I was the only one who noticed the speed lag. Why can’t they just improvd upon the browser we have now or let Opera take control (fanboy rant)! I’ve never been impressed w/ firefox so to me this is no surprise, but the UI did leave a positive lasting impression tho.

Paul
January 6, 2010

Tom Chiverton,

The built in browser allows you to save all your passwords also!

rgds

Paul

Don Ramsey
January 7, 2010

How do you uninstall Firefox RC? I tried the normal uninstall and it wasn’t one of the listed apps. – Don

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