Mozilla Previews Firefox for Tablets

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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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