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Mozilla Attempts To Sidestep iPhone Ban On Rival Browsers

Mozilla Attempts To Sidestep iPhone Ban On Rival Browsers

In an effort to get around Apple's ban on rival browsers for its iPhone, Mozilla plans to offer a Firefox application that will give users access to their browser bookmarks and history. The app will also let users open tabs from their most recent Firefox sessions.

 

The Firefox Home app is a spin-off of the bookmark and tab synchronization technology Mozilla currently offers as an add-on for the Firefox desktop browser. Mozilla will submit the free application to the App Store within the next three weeks. Sadly, Mozilla has no way to know when or if the app will be approved and available to users, so it's hard to say when we'll be able to get our hands on this app.

 

Firefox Home Coming Soon to the iPhone

We have been working on an application for the iPhone based on the Firefox Sync (formerly Weave Sync) technology. The app is called Firefox Home, and it gives iPhone users instant access to their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs from their most recent browser session. What’s more, it provides Firefox “Awesome Bar” capability that enables people to get to their favorite web sites with minimal typing.

Firefox Home provides an amazing “get up and go” experience. It’s encrypted end-to-end. It’s your home on the Web, wherever you are. And, of course, it’s free.

Firefox Home for iPhone is part of a broader Mozilla effort to provide a more personal Web experience with more user control. For devices or platforms where we’re unable to provide the “full” Firefox browser (either technically or due to policy), we aim to provide users with “on the go” instant access to their personal Firefox history, bookmarks and open tabs on their iPhones, giving them another reason to keep loving Firefox on their desktops.

Why is this useful?

  1. Left work in a hurry? You can pick up where you left off with access to the list of tabs you just had open on your desktop.
  2. Need those directions to that restaurant you were just reading about on your desktop? The confirmation code for your flight? Just start typing in the Awesome Bar and those pages will be right at your fingertips.
  3. Does it drive you crazy to have  to enter the full URL on your iPhone that you’ve visited several times from your desktop? You won’t need to anymore with this app.

 

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I personally would be well more attracted to an iPhone if I could bring Firefox. I have used Xmarks since before it was called Xmarks. I don't know if it is the same Firefox plug in there talking about. It is exceptionally useful in many aspects. One of the best is I can download Xmarks on any PC open my bookmarks and have open access to many tools with a click. It basically speeds everything up for grabbing tools. Xmarks also works in IE now, and Chrome browser as well. It has changed names three times now from what I remember, but the Icon has always been the same for it in a browser window. This is true no matter which browser you use although it's position changes a bit for each.

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Yeah I have used Xmarks for a long time. Used to be called foxmarks. They changed the name to Xmarks around the time they ported it over to IE and Chrome. I think they are using a built in sync feature, but idk. I have messed with the opera browser for iPhone and I really can't see much difference. Other than not being able to install and app from it. Then again I have a iPod Touch so I have not used it over 3G which is were there servers for Opera Mini would really help out.

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I also use Xmarks and am wondering if this is the same thing. It'd be great if we didn't have to shift to a different sync program (or install redundant software) to take advantage of this, but let's cross fingers.

Like Bob, I have an iPod Touch, and love it-- except for web browsing. Then again, I don't use IE or Safari on my home Macs and PCs because of their type size limitations. Most web sites actually try to make themselves illegible for the older user, and Flash sure doesn't help.

A browser with greater flexibility as regards user experience (that is, Mozilla Firefox) is really the only way I can browse at home, and the odd moments I have to use Safari on the iDevice are filled with frustration, squinting, and three-finger-tapping. It's really an odd little incapability of an otherwise sterling machine.

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Adding to that point. Everyone praises the iPhone for the awesome web browsing experience. Or at least that was a big deal when they first came out, but if that is the best mobile browsing has to offer then I will continue to carry a laptop with me for a long time.

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If there is a ban on rival browsers , how did Opera Mini get approved?

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GThomas:

If there is a ban on rival browsers , how did Opera Mini get approved?

They ban apps that reproduce stock functionality, but Opera says that they invited them to make the Opera app.

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GThomas:

If there is a ban on rival browsers , how did Opera Mini get approved?

They ban apps that reproduce stock functionality, but Opera says that they invited them to make the Opera app.

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Opera has a low enough user ratio that mister Job's did not feel threatened. I don't know about that because Opera is actually quite a functional browser. Of course not to FF or Chrome levels where a good 30% of there users might switch on day one. Not to mention everything they loose to Google hurt's there ego even more. I am anxious to see what happens this summer though, as well as within a year from now for Apple! I am thinking if they don't open up to other providers they will be thrown to there dedicated fan boy's only, just like it was 4 years ago.

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rapid1. Opera has never interested me desktop wise. There Opera mini browsers are awesome though. They send every link through Opera servers and cut the image quality and stuff like that to make loading stuff up on your phone much less painful.

Apple Dev. This is just news links man. I don't really think there is any need to get in contact with Mozilla to see there intent. Also apple has said that apps that replicate iPhone functions are not aloud and they have denied apps for that reason in the past. There is no one stopping them from going through and deleting all the browsers once they have had enough. They have done stuff like that as well.

 

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Misleading title, as that is not the case, Apple has not banned Rival Browers. At last count besides Opera there are over 12 other browser applications, just do a search in the iTAS for Browser or Web Browser. Clearly the author here is only interested in upping their google and digg rating, rather then be a real journalist and contact Firefox and see if they actually wanted to even make a real browser for the iPhone/iPod Touch & see if Apple did indeed reject them.

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@bob_on_the_cob: Thing is, there's literally no handheld device that allows any flexibility when it comes to content display. Developers are as locked into the resolution as the programmers of Commodore 64 and Apple ][ applications were. I tried the Android, hoping that its highly-touted open Java development environment would mean that there would be more flexibility for the user experience, but was just as disappointed in it as with Palm, WebOS, and yes, iDevice Safari.

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