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Firefox RC3 For Maemo Released: Disables Flash

Submitted by on January 28, 2010 – 11:45 pm 4 Comments

The Mozilla developers have announced the third release candidate of its mobile browser for Maemo. Firefox for Maemo, also known as Fennec, with the aim to improve overall responsiveness and page load time has disabled the plugin support. This also includes the disabling of Flash support on the software.


In the blog post by Stuart Parmenter, Mozilla’s Director of Mobile, said “We’ve decided to disable plugin (not to be confused with add-ons, which are supported) support for this release.  The Adobe Flash plugin used on many sites degraded the performance of the browser to the point where it didn’t meet our standards.  If you wish to enable our experimental plugin support, you will be able to manually via about:config, but do so at your own risk.  We are working on an add-on that will allow the user to have control of which sites to enable plugins for, as some sites, like YouTube, do work quite well.”

Mozilla’s Fennec browser is competing against mobile browser giant Opera Mobile/Mini. Even though, Opera Mobile/Mini does not support plugins its main advantage of Fennec could be the ability to compress WebPages for those with limited data plan. As of now it is difficult to say how fennec would fair in the market. You can try out Fennec RC3 for Maemo supported devices, like Nokia N900 and N810, here.

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  • paul

    There is no version of Opera for Maemo, and Fennec is only available on Maemo, so I would not say Fennec is competing against Opera at all. I would say Fennec is competing against microB.

    • gazpefoc

      At least is trying to compete to microB, as for now I am only keeping Firefox as a curiosity on my N900. I am sorry but Fennec is by far the worst application I have installed on my phone. As a replacement for microB, no way, microB is lightning fast and stable.

      • paul

        I won’t call it the worst program on my phone, but with slow speed (19 seconds to load the program, before even trying to load a web page) and lack of flash, it has no compelling advantage over microB except for the Mozilla Weave add-on.

        However, Fennec has improved in the recent months and I hope it continues to get better!

        • http://www.fonearena.com Varun Krish

          I dont understand the need for another browser esp when microB rocks ! But multi-tabbing is nice on firefox .. Its still far from usable :(