Fennec 2.0 – New and Notable

It’s been a while since I posted about news things happening in Fennec and now I have a backlog! Let’s jump right into the list of new features you’ll find in the Fennec 2.0 nightlies:

  • Awesomescreen: The Awesomebar Awesomescreen redesign merges the existing Search and Bookmark UIs while adding History and Desktop (via Sync) into a single UI. It’s part of our goal to keep data close to you when you need it. The Awesomescreen is all about helping you navigate to the pages you want, as fast as you can.
  • Moved Search Providers: The list of search providers was moved from the bottom of the Awesomescreen results to a button on the right side of the URL bar. This was done to maximize the available space fro the Awesomescreen results.
  • SiteMenu and ContextMenu APIs: We made it a lot easier for add-ons to extend the SiteMenu and ContextMenu by adding real APIs around the functionality.
  • Awesomescreen Badging: We added the ability to “badge” URLs shown in the Awesomescreen with helpful meta data, like unread inbox counts. We also added an API to the feature so add-ons could add badging to any URL (website), not just the ones we built into Fennec.
  • More Context Menus: We added support for more context menus (long tap menus) in places like Bookmark list, Awesomescreen results and the <video> element in web content.
  • Android Notifications: We use the native notification system on Android for things like downloads, add-on installations and application updates.
  • Right-to-Left Support: We made the Fennec support RTL locales much better than it did, and we also want to make sure we don’t break RTL locales as we land new features.

13 Comments

  1. tom said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    about “Awesomescreen Badging”, i can’t find any documentation about that.. where do i look for the api?

  2. New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies | Motorola Droid X said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    [...] Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android's native notifications are also quite nice.  If you're curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn't work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog] [...]

  3. New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies | Edgarkwest's Blog said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

    [...] Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android’s native notifications are also quite nice.  If you’re curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn’t work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog] [...]

  4. New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies | Exciting Android said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    [...] [...]

  5. New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies said,

    September 15, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    [...] Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android’s native notifications are also quite nice.  If you’re curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn’t work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog] [...]

  6. New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies | Be My Android said,

    September 16, 2010 @ 4:37 am

    [...] Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android’s native notifications are also quite nice.  If you’re curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn’t work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog] [...]

  7. Apps for the iPhone » New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies said,

    September 16, 2010 @ 5:02 am

    [...] Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android’s native notifications are also quite nice.  If you’re curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn’t work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog] [...]

  8. New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies | Richardsm042's Blog said,

    September 16, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    [...] Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android’s native notifications are also quite nice.  If you’re curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn’t work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog] [...]

  9. Mark Finkle said,

    September 19, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    @tom – We will be documenting the API for badging as soon as we feel it has stablized. Should be soon.

  10. about:mozilla – Firefox, Fennec, Kraken, OIN, MDN, Zaphod, Narcissus, Thunderbird, P2PU, Firefox Home, and more… | archively said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    [...] development lately and a host of new and improved features have been introduced. Mark Finkle has blogged about some of those that are part of the recent Fennec 2.0 nightly builds, including: a newly designed [...]

  11. Nick Mesquiti said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    Is Fennec available for Android phone now. If not when is the expected launch date? Thanks

  12. Mark Finkle said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

    @Nick – Fennec 2.0 is targeting Android. We released Alpha 1 with Android support. Beta 1 is nearing release. Go check out the nightly builds as well. They are getting better and better by the day:
    https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms/Android

  13. Android Users Unite! « Dknite's Lair said,

    October 11, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    [...] read Mark Finkle’s blog about the features that it comes with.  Highlights are AwesomeScreen, Integrated Sync, Badging, [...]

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