Though nary but a few screenshots have been shown of it outside of a few alpha builds released months ago, the words “Mobile Firefox” are enough to get most geeks a bit hot around the collar.
The wait is almost over – for some, at least. Sometime next week, we can expect to get our first real taste of what Mozilla’s got cooking, as they plan to wrap up their first release candidate. Alas, it won’t be launching on a platform that most will have access to.
As they’ve been saying for a few months, the first release of Firefox Mobile will be for Maemo 5 on the Nokia N900. The guys over at CNet met up with Mozilla’s VP of Mobile, Jay Sullivan, and managed to get a few details:
Sullivan sees 80% of applications becoming web-based within the next 3 years – which, unless he’s not including games in that metric, seems a bit high to me. WebGL is great and all, but convincing game developers to stray from native platform languages is a tough battle to fight.