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Tablet-native Firefox in the works

The port will optimize tabs and the Awesomebar for tablet use

One of the most popular desktop browsers will soon be coming fully optimized for tablets.

Ian Barlow of Mozilla posted Tuesday a number of upcoming features to expect in the tablet port of Firefox. The browser will be “an evolution of its phone based predecessor” with minimalistic designs and screen real-estate as some of the top priorities.

Similar to its desktop version, the tablet variant will integrate the Awesomebar and tabs functionalities, two features that Firefox is well known for. The tabs in particular will behave differently depending on screen orientation and the overall theme should blend in nicely with the stock Android Honeycomb vibe.

Tablet owners will have to wait before they can get their hands on the new browser as it is still quite early in development with no announced target release date. We imagine that Mozilla would launch beta versions for download before the final release sometime in the future. Check the source for some more screens of the browser.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)