Fennec Beta 2 for Maemo and Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile

Yesterday we announced the first multi-platform release of Fennec. They are versioned Beta 2 for Maemo and Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile. Both are based on the same front end and back end code. The Beta and Alpha labels reflect the difference in maturity and stability of the underlying platform.

There are lots of great front end changes for both platforms, which Stuart touched on with his post announcing the release. Mark posted more details about the new embedded error console. I’m really hoping he writes another post about some of the other front end improvements that made it into this release.

For Windows Mobile the most significant improvement in my mind is the great strides we made in painting and panning performance. This has been a true team effort. First we had some outside contributions of DirectDraw optimizations for cairo (bug 484864). Vlad worked to get them into the tree and finally Doug made the final push to get them working for Windows Mobile (bug 495298). Jeff Muizelaar can take credit as well for his work on pixman optimizations.

One caveat to these optimizations is that each Windows Mobile device has different hardware and different performance characteristics. We know that these optimizations will have no effect on several devices, even though they make a huge difference on the HTC Touch Pro and others. The

plan is to eventual switch the optimizations we use at runtime based on the hardware we are running on. The runtime switches have already landed (bug 488911), but the tests to determine the most effective optimizations for the hardware have yet to be written (bug 488547).

The Conversation {7 comments}

  1. Jon Pritchard {Sunday June 28, 2009 @ 6:02 am}

    I don’t suppose you know when you’re going to start putting out Symbian builds? Does it have to be used on touch screen devices?

  2. blassey {Sunday June 28, 2009 @ 11:24 am}

    @Jon Symbian is still a ways off. So far our UI is only for touch screen devices.

  3. Alberto campos V. {Sunday June 28, 2009 @ 5:34 pm}

    i need for mobil pc pocket

  4. EZ {Sunday June 28, 2009 @ 9:23 pm}

    Wow, lots of bugs were removed, great application, thanks developers!

  5. Testking {Thursday July 2, 2009 @ 3:18 pm}

    I’ve installed Fennec to my Fuze and will be checking it out.

  6. Summer {Friday July 3, 2009 @ 6:28 pm}

    Excellent – loving the improvements especially the painting performance. Thanks

  7. Pit Bike {Tuesday July 7, 2009 @ 2:27 am}

    Cool, now only if my country wanted to have decent priced internet for mobiles…

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