Nokia's N900 Phone Gets Firefox Boost
Six months after the first version, Mozilla has released Firefox Mobile 1.1 for Nokia's N900 and N810 models, featuring a host of tweaks to improve browsing on the new smartphone platform.
Running on the open source Maemo Linux used on the the most significant smartphones in Nokia's recent line-up, the maturing of the Firefox browser, codenamed 'Fennec', is a small but important update for both companies.
Users can now switch between portrait and landscape, zoom more cleanly, update add-ons automatically and fill forms with an enhanced autocomplete. Data handling is improved with the ability to save to PDF in the Site Menu and save images by 'long tapping' and holding a link. The release also supports a wider range of browser plug-ins.
Users can already sync between desktop Firefox and Mobile 1.1 using the Weave Sync add-on and setting up an account. This will share bookmarks, passwords, history and open tabs between the two worlds.
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The Nokia N900 is ideal for techies who want a lot of customization and power; anyone looking for apps and aesthetics may want to go with a more mainstream smartphone.
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