Mozilla Take’s its Time Getting Mobile
APC Mag has an interview with Mozilla Foundation CEO Mitchell Baker, and he basically said that Mozilla is looking into ways to serve the mobile section of the web browsing market, but plans to drag their feet a little longer. Microsoft has been producing an underpowered mobile browser for years now, but Mozilla has had an abandoned red-headed stepchild of a mobile browser, and Baker basically admits that isn’t going to change just yet.
What they are looking into is making a serious effort at the mobile space, some time in the future. They’ve been looking at the right way to approach it, nothing concrete and no product yet, seeing a way of sending data from PCs running Firefox to mobiles, as opposed to a pure mobile browser per se’. The idea is that Firefox users get a lot from their add-ons, and if those add-ons delivered data to a mobile device, that would be a way to bring a lot of value to Firefox users on mobile devices, without Firefox controlling the mobile browser side of things.
They seem to have acknowledged that getting your browser on a mobile device is very difficult, and practically a war between vendors, and that the better bet is to team up with current browser vendors to deliver Firefox data to their browsers. They mention Opera as being better suited to delivering browsers to carriers than they are, which could very well mean tying in these Firefox services with the Opera Mobile browser.
Consider reading the entire 12-part interview; there’s a lot of fascinating stuff in there.