Fresh from the factory, we’re happy to announce Fennec 1.0 Beta 3 for Maemo to the world! This release features major improvements to performance and a fancy new theme. We’ve made big improvements to kinetic panning and added the ability to scroll iframes. A lot of work has been done to make our theme more robust, taking advantage of things like media queries to support various devices, orientations, and platforms which you’ll see more of in the next Windows Mobile release. Overall, this beta is a major improvement to previous Fennec betas.
We’ve changed quite a bit under the hood to make things faster including putting in place a tile-based rendering system to cache the areas of the page you’ve been to. Roy Frostig has a great blog post about this. The work that Robert O’Callahan has done on compositor phase 1 has been a big help and is allowing us to do things with scrolling that were previously rocket science.
Moving forward, we’re going to focus on fixing polish bugs, rough edges, and taking advantage of things like our new tile system to help avoid the user seeing a checkerboard while panning.