A beta version of Mozilla’s mobile Firefox web browser – codenamed Fennec – could be launched on the HTC Touch Pro as early as next week.

The move is part of Moxilla’s announced intention to move onto Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms.

A post on Mozilla’s official mobile Firefox wiki said: "We are targeting a Milestone release for the first week of February, targeting the HTC Touch Pro."

For WinMo developers, Firefox’s inclusion on the HTC smartphone will provide the opportunity to port the browser to other WinMo-based hardware.

In December, Mozilla’s director of mobile engineering, Christian Sejersen, said the company would look to offer the platform on Symbian-based phones.

He said this was essential to ensure Mozilla was relevant in the smartphone space.

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