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Mobile Firefox vs. iPhone's Safari browser

Mozilla's mobile Firefox nears release

The concept video shows a set of clickable actions at the bottom, actions that likewise are accessed by dragging the page out of the way. These actions include such things as 'Digg this page'.

Pan the page in any direction, and you see a big white arrow; release it, and you zoom out of the page. Or you can abruptly 'throw' the page with a finger gesture to one side, and zoom out.

The mobile browser also will make use of Mozilla's Project Weave, introduced at the end of 2007 for Firefox. A browser extension, Weave lets users save data, such as personal browsing information, to a Mozilla server and access it from multiple machines. It's a way to let users share bookmarks and collaborate, and to synchronize between the desktop and mobile versions of the browser. "You'll just walk away from the desktop browser and pick up where you left off, on your phone [browser]," Sullivan says.

But it's not all about the user interface. Mozilla designers earlier this month fired up their Talus test environment for mobile Firefox. Talus runs numerous page load tests, and measures how long it takes, emulating a mobile network for the browser. The results will be used to further revise and tune the mobile browser for optimal performance over cellular networks.

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