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Fennec 'Milestone Release' is ... released!

Ask and ye shall receive. No sooner do we get another very cool look at what Fennec – Mozilla's Firefox Mobile browser – can do, the team releases the first "Milestone Release" for the HTC Touch Pro.

A word of warning: This is a "Milestone Release" and is not the finished product. As Mozilla's Brad Lassey explains:

Our focus to this point has been to have a working, usable browser. To get there in a hurry we have punted in a few places, and I’d like to point a couple of them out. First is the update mechanism (both for the browser itself and for extensions). After installing this release, you will not be offered updates automatically, so please stay tuned for follow up releases. Also, we have disabled plug-in support. This is one of our high priority items going forward. Finally, as I mentioned before, there is no soft keyboard support. On an HTC Touch Pro, you’ll have to slide out the keyboard to enter a url.

Lassey also takes on the recent "leaked" versions of Fennec that were floating around. (See our own "There's a Mad Fennec on the Loose")

Over the last week and half there have been several blog posts and “news” articles floating around the internet about leaked Windows Mobile Fennec builds. This has been fairly entertaining to those of us working on the project for a couple reasons. First, the builds that these posts have pointed to are the builds that I pointed to on twitter. They were intended to be used by the developers working on the project (or anyone else willing to deal with really buggy software) to find bugs before we pushed anything out to the general public.

While today's Milestone Release isn't the finished product, it's the first time most of us are going to get a good hands-on with the mobile browser best positioned to take on mobile Safari. So, back up your phone (we'll say it again — back up your phone) go download the CAB file here (again, HTC Touch Pro only, for now), and get to playin'. Let us know in the comments how it's holding up for you.

Update: Looks like the browser loads just fine, but the actual, uh, browsing may not be going so fine. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Update 2: Mozilla's on the case, as its own Ben Combee notes in the comments. Thanks, Ben!

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PhilR8 says:

Very early impressions:

* Downloaded CAB file using PIE and it downloaded fairly quickly for a 9MB file, probably took just over a minute (I'm on Sprint).

* Took about two minutes to install, which seemed like a long time. I performed a soft reset after it was installed.

* Took about 15 seconds to load up.

* Pages do not load - the loading icon will indicate that a page has finished loading, but all I see is the black and white loading "checkerboard", much like the one you see when Opera Mobile is loading.

Verdict: Does not work at all.

Rut-ro. Who needs pages to load anyway. lol

says:

Dern. I got all excited.
It won't display anything in the window but "checkers" ):

says:

I got beat to the not workie comment.

says:

As noted above, this does nothing. Even on my homepage, which is nothing fancy, just some text, it just shows the black and white checkerboard of doom. Couldn't get a single page to work.

Here's a thought: Someone try a page saved locally onto your phone.

says:

I decided not to heed the warning and I tried it on my Treo 800w anyways. Took about 5 mins to d/l, 3 mins to install and 2 minutes to load. I could make the address bar appear and type in an address (took about 30 seconds to type wmexperts.com) but it said page could not be found.

says:

If you have problems with this, please let us know. The best way is to file new bugs or add comments to existing bugs at http://bugzilla.mozilla.org describing what happens. Please be sure to tell us what device you're using, and if possible, the WinMo version and RAM/processor specifications. Also, try connecting both with WiFi and with the phone network. This version may be using a lot of memory, so devices with less memory than the HTC Touch Pro can have problems.

says:

OK, we've got a Bugzilla bug tracking the non-loading of pages now. It's at https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=477956 -- please add comments there with your device specification so we can try to track this down.

says:

A bug has been filed for the "pages don't load" issue:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=477956

Please add comments, with device details.

Doc31#WP says:

I decided to give it a try on the 800w just for kicks (on screen KB doesn't work on diamond) anyways the browser took a few seconds to launch and typing in wmexperts took almost 2 seconds per letter but the page did LOAD in about 30-40 seconds

says:

It's a "no go" for sure but lets cut them some slack, it's only version 0.11 after all. And at least the application starts, that has to account for something... RIGHT?

says:

well, as others have said, the appliation, starts. it can "load" a webpage, where load means it seems to parse the page (as can change the title). It just doesn't seem to render the web page on htc touch pros (at least my sprint one).

another issue that some might have, is that if one quits the app, it doesn't seem to be part of the task switcher, and never loads again (so doesn't seem tobe exiting), though a soft reset fixes that.

says:

I already wrote about this directly on dougt's blog, but it is worth a repeat here as well.

Clearly, this pre-alpha does not work at all. Its GUI hangs 2 out of 3 times which undermines the idea of a pre-alpha release in the first place. We, experienced users, need to be able to use the application to test its functionality, right? So, we don't know how well Fennec for PPC functions now. People in charge, we are still waiting for a working version!

Here's a small review I wrote in my own personal space. I might do more reviews in the future as well.

http://133.9.67.162/rpopapopa/public/pda/index.php?rand=7421795858&id=20...

Cheers.

says:

Very early impressions:

* Downloaded CAB file using PIE and it downloaded fairly quickly for a 9MB file, probably took just over a minute (I'm on Sprint).

* Took about two minutes to install, which seemed like a long time. I performed a soft reset after it was installed.

* Took about 15 seconds to load up.

* Pages do not load - the loading icon will indicate that a page has finished loading, but all I see is the black and white loading "checkerboard", much like the one you see when Opera Mobile is loading.

Verdict: Does not work at all.