Firefox Mobile Companion
Led by Doug Turner
Quick notes on the discussion follows:
Lots of people have cell-phones with browsers - most don't use it Mobile web-browsing sucks
What would a "Mobile Companion for Firefox" be?
- Data on cell phone rather wirelessly accessible than USB stick (profile, passwords, calendar, etc.)
- Special formatting on phone for personal paginated data (Maps, photos, etc.)
- Plug-in per site to "compress" to mobile format (Google Maps, etc. - like http://www.google.com/xhtml)
- Does there have to be a client on the phone (Java, etc.) or are SMS, MMS, etc. sufficient? What about brand recognition on the phone? Maybe both?
- Voice services are strong in the US, not so much elsewhere (1800TELLME)
- Timeless loves Google and talks a lot.
- Bookmarks and password manager from Firefox should work on your phone
- Laptop is the current "home base" with all data, but is too big. Anything to bring your computing environment with you (autocomplete, history, notes, bookmarks, etc.) is good.
- Do people email driving directions (text version) to themselves so it can be accessed on their phone? Yes, some people do this.
- What about cell-network data-plans? Are they reasonable? Many people have unlimited data plans, but most seem not too.
- Browsers on phones suck and the content on the internet is not designed for small screens
- Nokia S60 browser (built with web-kit) does interesting zooming interface
- Encourage web developers to create mobile-friendly sites (W3C has an initiative for this)
- Store snippets of text from web browser pages and have them show up on your phone.
- WAP is dead and those who want to keep it alive should die too
- Operator silos suck because they lock you into set sites
- More phones are shipping with "real" browsers
- Games? They are huge on phones, could Firefox/Minimo bring in games?
- Games/apps need to be "signed" or unlocked to run on phones
- Should we aim for all phones everywhere, or focus on certain markets with special advantages (phones, networks, etc.)?
- PDF, XLS, MOV, AVI viewer/player/download support is weak on mobile phones. This browser, if version planned for java based smartphones like Blackberry, should address these problems. Pocket PC Phone/Pocket IE/Win mobile smartphones have other browsers and phones beat on this capability.
- Browser must support OTA software installation.