Despite the back-to-back delays, Firefox Mobile has been released today, cheering owners of Nokia’s N900 immeasurably.
Originally slated for a release before Christmas, then in the week between Christmas and the beginning of the new year, Mozilla’s first real push into the mobile market comes today, with the release of the first version of Firefox Mobile. For now though, the only devices that actually have any kind of support for Firefox Mobile are Nokia’s N900 and the aging N810 handsets, leaving most of us out in the cold.
Still, it’s a good sign that we’re starting to see versions of Firefox Mobile starting to make an appearance. It may well seem a relatively small step, but given Mozilla’s stated commitment to reproducing the desktop browser experience on handheld devices, we can expect to see some genuinely interesting things come into play with the ongoing releases of Firefox Mobile.
For now, we’re most curious to see an Android version, given the fairly wide number of different devices that run Google’s mobile operating system. An Android version could attract attention not only to Firefox Mobile itself, but also to the idea of full-fledged desktop-style browsing on mobile devices.
We’ll be curious to see how Opera responds to Firefox cutting into its turf so cleanly… who knows what the mobile browsing giant could have up its sleeve?