February 3, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Ever wondered what Firefox on Android would look like? Wonder no more. Below is an image of Firefox – that’s the full version of the browser, not its mobile spawn Fennec that we’re expecting to see later this year – running on Android. Though the image looks like an elementary Photoshop creation, this is real because Firefox is testing the full version of the program on Android.
Vladimir, a member of the Firefox team, explained why we’re seeing the full version rather than Fennec:
we’re testing with the full interface because it’s significantly more complex than the mobile UI and stresses Gecko much more. So, if the full UI works, then Fennec should work fine as well.
More interesting is Vladimir’s statement that because Android is creeping into tablets and netbooks, a full version of Firefox could be released to Android. Vladimir says this is quite far from completion, but the idea of having a more powerful Firefox rather than just a mobile version to run on Android is hair raising. Mozilla Weave could make it so that the tablet/netbook and and desktop experience would be constantly linked, and the difference between browsing on either platform could be almost indistinguishable. I look forward to putting it up against other browsers someday.