Mobile Browser Week: Firefox for Android Tablet UI Previewed. Dolphin Browser for iPhone Released

There’s a pair of mobile browser related news items this week. First up is a preview of Firefox for Android tablets. Then, we learn a bit about the Dolphin browser migrated over from Android to the iPhone.

Ian Barlow provided a preview of Firefox for Tablets. The platform targetted is Android 3.0 Honeycomb and takes advantage of the tablets larger display (compared to Android phones). Firefox for Tablet will support Themes, the Awesomebar (that gives easy access to bookmarks, history, and your synced desktop activity) and Tabs (visible as thumbnails in the left sidebar in landscape viewing mode). Will this be enough to entice Android tablet users to move from Android’s already functional native browser?

Firefox for Tablets

A somewhat puzzling release is the Dolphin Browser for the iPhone. This free app has its roots in a third party Android browser that is best known for supporting the pinch-to-zoom gesture back when Android did not natively support that feature. This is not, however, a completely new browser as it is based on Apple’s own Safari mobile browser. Dolphin Browser has a tabbed interface and supports navigation by gestures. Oddly, it is only available for the iPhone. It does not have a version that scales to the iPad’s large display where, I believe, it would find a welcome home by many users.

Popular Android app Dolphin Browser swims over to iPhone (VentureBeat)