A new way for Android users to get around the Web should debut this year. Jay Sullivan, Vice President of Mobile at Mozilla, has indicated that Firefox Mobile for Android will land sometime in 2010.
The nonexistence of this product might have troubled some fans of Mozilla and Google. It’s no secret that the two companies have been growing apart as Chrome came out and Mozilla’s director of community development endorsed Bing over Google. Also, the search deal between them is set to expire in 2011.
Sullivan, who’s worked at Mozilla for about two and a half years, told Gareth Beavers that the main obstacle to developing Firefox Mobile for Android was the rift between C and C++ code and Java, however.
Indeed, he sounded quite upbeat about Android and about what Mozilla has in the works. "It’s a modern OS, and it’s a great fit with us," Sullivan said. "It’s the type of platform that has a high affinity with the early adopter, and it’s seen a lot of uptake."
So we can expect to see Firefox Mobile for Android "late this year."