great overview of where the Nokia/Intel MeeGo platform is right now, and what will happen in the near future.
  • Symbian’s near future is more muddled: recently Nokia announced that Symbian would not be available as an app platform any more; instead, developers should use Qt. All About Symbian takes a look at Symbian’s current status.
  • The Firefox beta for Android has been released. Ars Technica feels that the memory footprint is still too large, and I tend to agree. Firefox still has a long way to go before it becomes an accepted mobile browser. And even if it’s technically impeccable it still won’t be the default browser on any platform, which will hugely hinder its deployment. People don’t download browsers to their mobile phones, after all.
  • Is webOS dead? Apparently not. HP is releasing five new devices with webOS 2.0, although the details, such as technical specs and pricing, are still unavailable. The Palm Pre 2 was available for testing. Unfortunately for web developers, Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith announced they’re moving on from their positions as Palm developer relations managers. Let’s hope their successors will continue to involve the web dev community.
  • And in the US, the Federal Election Commission will look into allowing donations via SMS.
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    1 Posted by Mark Finkle on 8 November 2010 | Permalink

    The Ars article on Firefox Mobile is for the previous beta (beta 1). Check out the new article on beta 2:
    http://arstechnica.com/open-source/reviews/2010/11/hands-on-latest-firefox-mobile-beta-is-svelte-and-smooth.ars

    - and checkout Firefox Mobile beta 2 itself:
    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/m/beta

    2 Posted by tom jones on 8 November 2010 | Permalink

    the linked ars article about firefox is over a month old, and refers to the older beta. the new one is almost half the size + lots of other goodness..

    3 Posted by Ping Ling on 8 November 2010 | Permalink

    And Opera Mobile is finally coming to Android: http://www.opera.com/mobile/next/
    First beta tomorrow (9 Nov).

    4 Posted by ppk on 8 November 2010 | Permalink

    Oops! Removed Ars Technica reference.

    5 Posted by Maxdoro Internetbureau on 11 November 2010 | Permalink

    Why is Opera Mobile not mentioned in this article? It deserves some attention because it performs better then the mobile firefox browser.

    6 Posted by David Storey on 23 November 2010 | Permalink

    “People don’t download browsers to their mobile phones, after all.” I think Opera Mini proves that wrong. There are over 70 million *public* active monthly users of Opera Mini (not including B2B users. This kind of proves peeople *do* download mobile browsers.