Mozilla releases Mobile Firefox Alpha - For Mac, Windows and Linux?
Today there is still no version of Fennec that will run on your phone. But you can install the Alpha on an N810 tablet -- or on Windows, OS X, or Linux. Because Mozilla has decided the best way to show off its upcoming browser is to let you download and run it on your desktop.
To run Fennec for Windows, all you have to do is download and unzip an 8MB file and click on Fennec.exe. Up pops a small web browser with nothing but a URL bar visible. Type in an address and away you go. You can scroll up and down on a web page by clicking and draging the page. And you can zoom in on the content by double clicking. You might wonder why you would want to zoom in, but keep in mind, this browser is designed to run on a much smaller screen. The text that looks perfectly readable on your desktop may look miniscule on your phone.
When I clicked on the Plugins tab, I did see a list of items, but I think Fennec is basically looking at the plugins I've installed for Firefox on my desktop, and it doesn't do a great job of implementing them. For example, when I enabled the Flash plugin and tried to play a YouTube video, I could hear audio, but there was no video playback.
Overall I'm pretty impressed with Fennec. If it works half as well on a mobile phone as it does on Windows, I think Mozilla could give Apple and Opera a run for their money in the mobile browser space. But it all depends on how well the browser performs on devices with slow processors and low resolution screens.