Mozilla has announced that its long-awaited release of the upcoming Firefox 3.6 will be delayed into the first quarter of 2010. Until now, Mozilla had been promising the new browser before the year was out.
Firefox 3.6 has been in beta for a while now, with fairly regular updates to make sure that everything has been running smoothly, but it seems that Mozilla isn’t quite pleased enough with its progress to release it to the wide world quite yet. Instead, it’s seen fit to delay the update. Things only get worse though, with the next version of Firefox slipping too.
Firefox 4.0 has trickled back to “late 2010 or early 2011,” which isn’t as hopeful as Mozilla had originally been when it started talking about Firefox 4.0 around the middle of last summer. Now, it seems that we can expect a beta t some stage during the summer, for those who just can’t wait to get their hands on something ahead of schedule, a number that’s been growing since Firefox showed off some of its early design concepts for Firefox 4, with improved tab-interface and menu structure.
Of course, all of this comes just a week after Mozilla had to delay its mobile browser, Firefox Mobile, which it had previously said would hit before Christmas. Mozilla is hoping that it can get a version of Firefox Mobile out at some stage this week, but with the various different delays its encountering, it’s hard to stay optimistic about the possibility that it will hit that target.