Firefox May Come to Android – Too Little Too Late?
Last week, Google announced a change in how software can run on Android, the company’s mobile operating system which powers such devices as T-Mobile’s G1 and the upcoming MyTouch 3G. Instead of just allowing Java applications that run on Google’s Dalvik virtual machine, Android will now allow software that runs natively in on the Linux operating system itself. This will be made possible through a new toolset for developers, the Android Native Development Kit. The change may allow Mozilla to bring their young mobile browser, Fennec (aka “Firefox Mobile”) to the Android platform.
Mobile is one platform that Mozilla has yet to conquer. Only recently, a second alpha version of Fennec was made available for Windows Mobile devices (version 6 and up). If the Android NDK provides the proper capabilities for bringing the mobile version of Firefox to Android, that would only be the second mobile platform that Fennec supports.
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