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Photos: A look at the mobile version of Firefox

ZDNet UK examines Mozilla's Firefox on Nokia's Maemo-equipped N900 handset
By David Meyer, Contributor on
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ZDNet UK recently had the chance to play with the first mobile version of Mozilla's Firefox browser.

Mozilla has only rolled the browser out to one handset so far — Nokia's Maemo-based N900, pictured here running the application — but it plans to create versions for the Android and Windows Mobile platforms.

The company is touting the application as the only mobile browser to use add-ons, the functionality plug-ins that are familiar to desktop users of many browsers, including Firefox.

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The mobile version of Firefox has a lot of the same functionality as its desktop equivalent, such as Mozilla's Awesome Bar. The Awesome Bar allows the address bar to double as a search entry field.

The browser can also synchronise with the desktop Firefox through a function called Weave Sync.

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Pre-installed add-ons that come with mobile Firefox include Google, Amazon, Wikipedia and Twitter.

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As with the desktop Firefox, users can search for new add-ons, such as the popular AdBlock Plus. Another example is TwitterBar, which adds tweeting functionality to the already multi-talented Awesome Bar.

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The mobile Firefox renders sites well, providing the user with a zoom level that fits the width of the page to the device's screen.

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Tapping on the screen allows the user to zoom in.

The mobile version of Firefox does not support multitouch pinch-and-zoom functionality. This could be due to the N900's resistive touchscreen, as multitouch generally requires capacitive screens.

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The mobile Firefox allows tabbed browsing, so the user can have multiple pages open at once. This functionality is also available on some other mobile browsers, such as Opera Mini.

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One piece of functionality lacking in the mobile version of Firefox is Flash playback. Very few mobile browsers offer this. Those that do include Skyfire and the Android browser.

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