|Initial release||February 18, 2004|
0.2 (Windows CE) / March 31, 2007
The project aimed to make it easier for developers to embed parts of Mozilla into systems with limited system resources (for example, machines with low amounts of
The Minimo Project was created to test the feasibility of porting a full-function desktop browser engine to advanced mobile devices.
To minimize the use of system resources Minimo initially did not include some of Mozilla's functionality, such as support for
Chris Hofmann created the Minimo project shortly after leaving Netscape Communications in 2003, under funding from Nokia's Maemo team. He single-handedly saved the project from being canceled many times. Currently Chris works for the Mozilla Corporation. Chris was also responsible for some of the Minimo key features such as the Homebase bar, a format for displaying bookmarks more amenable to mobile devices.
Early Minimo development centered on
The lead Minimo developer, Doug Turner, headed this and additional Mozilla mobile projects such as the Mozilla labs project named Joey. The Mozilla Foundation hired Turner in December 2004 to work full-time on Mobile projects. Minimo was funded by Nokia and others. Nokia's involvement became public in mid-2004. Chris and Doug teamed up with web developer Marcio Galli as he focused in user interface aspects and mostly creating built in applications for Minimo using HTML instead of XUL — these were refereed in the source code as extensions but served as concept for web-based mobile apps featuring Flickr, Google Maps, and more.
In June 2006, the 0.16 release of minimo included tabs, a "homebase bar" for fast navigation to frequently used web sites, and featured support for many advanced web development capabilities that made the mobile browser easier to use.
On December 17, 2006, Turner, in his blog, acknowledged the slow pace of development, and revealed that Mozilla developers were exploring alternatives for Gecko-based web browsing on mobile handsets. Turner issued an invitation for others to "step up" as his own development priorities shift.
Version 0.2 came out in March 2007 and represented a product targeted for mobile developers. Minimo 0.2 included and upgraded interface, and support for Windows Mobile 5.
On November 27, 2007, project head Doug Turner announced that the project was no longer supported.
By 2008 Doug Turner had begun on yet another mobile web browser, this time known as
Probably because it was in the early stages of development, the Windows Mobile version of Minimo performed significantly slower than expected.
The quality of rendered pages is congruent with the well-respected
Version 0.2 was recommended for developers targeting mobile devices or interested in
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- MozillaZine[dead link]
- "Minimo and Mobile. « DougT's Blog". Archived from the original on 2007-12-14.
- Minimo Project homepage
- An overview of the Minimo (Mini Mozilla) project (written by the Minimo developers)
- Interview with Doug Turner and Chris Hofmann of the Minimo Project
- Photos of Minimo running on Windows Mobile devices
- Screenshots of Minimo running on the i-mate JAM (a Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, Phone Edition device)
- AJAX Mobile Apps