Firefox is a customizable Web browser that allows you to personalize your search process through the use of add-ons, extensions and personae. When smartphones flooded the market, Firefox adapted its Web browser engine into an application that could be installed and used from a mobile device. Firefox isn't compatible with every cellphone, but the software company's engineers are continuously testing and designing interfaces that will work with new cellphone models.
Firefox Mobile Features
Firefox boasts the ability for syncing a mobile phone Firefox application with the desktop version. This allows you to access the tabs and Internet browsing data that you had used on your PC earlier, and vice versa. This means that Firefox bridges the gap between personal computing and utilizing the Internet via a cellphone. Firefox mobile users have a fast and customizable search engine for their phones that contains browsing history and favorite tabs from their PCs.
Firefox mobile is developed almost exclusively for Android phones with version 2.0 or higher, although it's also available on the Maemo platform for a limited number of cellphones as of 2011. Android technology is developed by Google and made available to a large variety of cellphone brands. Unlike Android, Maemo is an open-source platform that allows a community of freelance developers to work on the software.
While Firefox mobile is developed almost exclusively for compatibility with Android mobile technology, it doesn't work on all Android phones. Firefox maintains a list of phones that have been tested for compatibility with the software and Firefox also invites you to complete a survey or participate in its beta programs for new cellphone browsers currently under development. Many Firefox supported phones are manufactured by companies like HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia.
Firefox discloses a list of known issues with cellphone models and explains the difference between hardware and software incompatibilities. Some phones experience application freezing or aren't compatible with Flash, and people who are technically savvy or curious can view a list of known bugs on Firefox's site Bugzilla. If your mobile phone meets the basic system requirements but has bugs or compatibility issues, you might find that future versions of Firefox will be compatible on it.
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