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Mozilla Previews Firefox for Tablets

By - Source: Ian Barlow | B 10 comments

Mozilla is providing another look at what appears to be a near-finalized design of the Firefox tablet UI.

Judging by the images posted by Ian Barlow, the UI is much closer to Firefox for Android than to the desktop version of Firefox.

The tablet version will include two modes - a portrait and a landscape mode. The landscape mode will move the open tabs in thumbnail view to the left of the screen to take advantage of widescreen layouts. In portrait mode, there will be only one tab icon that shows the number of available tabs and enables access to them via a drop-down menu.

The overall design takes a very minimalistic approach. The menu bar only includes the back, forward and reload buttons, as well as the URL bar and a menu item on the very right that will include commands such as new tab, find, share, and settings. There is not even a Firefox icon in the new single-line menu bar.

First shown in early June, the Firefox tablet interface, which was originally known as "Fennecomb" (to indicate a Fennec (Firefox Mobile) browser for Android Honeycomb), has matured in less than three months. The UI is scheduled to debut with Firefox 8.

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    Montezuma , September 1, 2011 4:02 AM
    I will get excited when Mozilla releases this for the iPad and/or other iOS-based devices. Sure, it is nice to have that option for Android-based tablets, but my employer does not give me the option of using anything other than an iPad.
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    THEfog101 , September 1, 2011 4:45 AM
    MontezumaI will get excited when Mozilla releases this for the iPad and/or other iOS-based devices. Sure, it is nice to have that option for Android-based tablets, but my employer does not give me the option of using anything other than an iPad.


    Fail Employer.
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    otacon72 , September 1, 2011 5:00 AM
    Hopefully it would eat up memory like every other version of FF. 606MB right now with 5 tabs open....just ridiculous.
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    mitch074 , September 1, 2011 11:15 AM
    @otacon72: then try FF7 and cut that amount in half.
    @Montezuma: Mozilla can't ever publish Firefox for iOS: Apple explicitly forbids applications that duplicate Apple software functionalities in its App Store - since Firefox is a browser and Apple provides Safari, Mozilla can't publish Firefox on iOS.

    The best you can hope for is a jailbreak developer making an iOS version of Firefox for jailbroken iDevices. Don't keep your hopes up.
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    cknobman , September 1, 2011 1:35 PM
    otacon72Hopefully it would eat up memory like every other version of FF. 606MB right now with 5 tabs open....just ridiculous.


    Im running FF 6.0.1 on Windows XP Pro and have 10 tabs open and using 310 MB memory.
    But this is a fresh browser instance. If I keep this instance open all day it will eventually creep up to a freaking GIG of memory usage even if I kill every tab but one!!!!
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    rwpritchett , September 1, 2011 3:40 PM
    mitch074@Montezuma: Mozilla can't ever publish Firefox for iOS: Apple explicitly forbids applications that duplicate Apple software functionalities in its App Store - since Firefox is a browser and Apple provides Safari, Mozilla can't publish Firefox on iOS.
    How did Opera get in the App store?

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    mitch074 , September 1, 2011 6:51 PM
    @rwpritchett: Opera Mobile for iOS is a slightly different beast: the browser itself doesn't browse the Intarwebz, but uses Opera's servers as compression proxies - that could have been all it needed to bypass Apple's restrictions.
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    PhoneyVirus , September 1, 2011 6:53 PM
    Let me know then you can take something from one screen like the one I'm looking at now Toms hardware on my PC, drag the tab to the side of the screen and the devices like the IPad shows up and transfer the tab to the IPad or any device in your house. Again like Windows + Left key but there's going to have to be a WiFi or blue tooth in the screen. I'll wait a all time for that and maybe just maybe I might buy one for now I'm not.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 1, 2011 10:13 PM
    What ever Mozilla does,it does well !
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    eddieroolz , September 1, 2011 11:45 PM
    Kind of slow, you know. I'm sure people have already grown to use browsers that haven't taken 2 years to just mockup an UI.
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