Enterprise Mobility: Firefox Tablet App Blends Fennec with Android 'Honeycomb'

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-08-31 Print this article Print
Firefox on Honeycomb

Firefox on Honeycomb

Note the various Firefox controls atop the Motorola Xoom tablet shown here in portrait mode. Click to zoom.
In this day and age, software makers are considered strange if they don't offer applications for Apple's iPad, or at least applications for tablet computers based on Android "Honeycomb," RIM's Blackberry PlayBook or some other tablet platform. On Aug. 30, Mozilla's mobile team introduced the world to its Firefox browser application for Honeycomb tablets, an evolution of its smartphone application with larger buttons and tabs to leverage the real estate of today's 7-inch and 10-inch tablets. That means the tablet keeps most of the Firefox features intact, including the big back button and tab shape. The Awesome Bar uses the same tabbed menu to make it easier for users to access their browser content, including bookmarks and history.??íWhile Firefox hid its user interface elements to free up screen space on the smartphone, it brought??ífeatures such as tabs back for the tablet form factor, affectionately known as "Fennecomb" (a cross between the Fennec mobile browser and Honeycomb, Android's tablet OS). eWEEK runs through a visual slideshow of the Firefox tablet features, provided by Mozilla device user experience whiz Ian Barlow. Note: some of these UI designs are subject to change as Mozilla polishes the browser experience for Honeycomb. eWEEK has linked to all of the slides on Flickr to allow users to zoom in on various features.

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