Firefox "Junior" Roars Towards iPad Launch
June 18, 2012 1:18 PM
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Mozilla treads a fine line between insulting and lavish praise on Apple
Mozilla Foundation's Alex Limi was pretty bold this week calling Apple, Inc.'s (
iOS version of Safari
"a miserable experience". But Mr. Limi, whose firm is seeking to become one of only a handful of true third-party browsers on iOS, back-pedaled a bit saying that Apple's built-in browser was still better than third-party browsers.
But he's confident that Firefox "Junior", the upcoming prototype app for the iPad, will be even better than Safari. He comments, "So here comes the fun stuff. There are a lot of reasons we should be on iOS even though we can't bring our rendering engine there. We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor."
So how's the prototype shaping up?
Well the biggest missing feature a present is that there are no tabs. But the browser otherwise looks slick in demoes, driven by a pair of button clusters midway up the screen. On the right is a "+" button, which pops up a URL/search bar, "Favorites" text/icons on the side, and recent webpages up top.
[Image Source: The Verge]
The left button cluster houses forward, backward, and refresh buttons.
The browser currently supports multiple accounts, each with their own favorites. Private browsing (for you iPad porn fiends) is also supported. Mr. Limi says that the final feature set is still up in the air and being actively debated.
Interestingly, he also adds fire to the rumor that Google Inc. (
) will for some reason add a Chrome browser app for iOS. As unlikely as that seems, given Apple and Google's
Mr. Limi claims that iOS Chrome will land "soon".
relaxed iOS browser restrictions
a few years back. But it wasn't until April 2010 that the company
approved a true third party browser
-- Opera Mini by Opera Software ASA (
). Since then a variety of browsers have come out, including Atomic, Dolphin, Mercury, and Skyfire. But Mozilla insists the best is yet to come.
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Where is the DOJ?
6/18/2012 5:01:53 PM
"Apple first relaxed iOS browser restrictions a few years back. But it wasn't until April 2010 that the company approved a true third party browser"
Even though Apple now "Allows" third party browsers...I'm still waiting for the DOJ to file suit against Apple's Anti-competitive operations. MS NEVER prevented users from installing third party browsers...and still got shafted by the DOJ and EU community. Apple is far above the level of restrictions MS ever was. Apple must be sleeping around quite alot to avoid the inevitable.
RE: Where is the DOJ?
6/18/2012 6:09:46 PM
I agree, but just so you know, winrt will not allow 3rd party browsers either.
RE: Where is the DOJ?
6/19/2012 2:30:46 PM
MS and Apple both cleverly allow different web browsers even though they are restricted to whatever things either of them can dream up. IMO, if Apple continues to dominate the tablet space, their biggest problem will their app approval process. It's a black box and the DOJ and EU aren't going to like it when they get a bunch of complaints.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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