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News Posted: Fri, Jul 16 2010 12:37 PM
Good news for iPhone and iPod Touch users who are fans of Mozilla's Firefox browser. In a blog post this week, Mozilla announced that its Firefox Home application is now available for download for both platforms. The free app gives iPhone and iPod Touch owners the ability to access their Firefox desktop history, bookmarks, and open tabs from their mobile device.

"Get up and go and have exactly what you are looking for on the Web on your iPhone or iPod Touch," Mozilla wrote in its blog. "Firefox Home uses your browser data, securely synced from Firefox on your desktop to the cloud, to let you search and browse quickly and efficiently."


Users interested in giving Firefox Home a spin are just a few simple steps away from doing so. All you have to do is install Firefox Sync to your desktop, if you haven't already, and restart Firefox to create an account. Then go the App Store and grab Firefox Home for your iPhone or iPod Touch, install it, and launch it. Once you enter in your account credentials, everything gets synced.
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ClemSnide replied on Fri, Jul 16 2010 7:18 PM

Forthwith, my humble experiences.

Thanks to Paul's article, I headed to the download page (on my Windows box) and the App Store (on my iPod Touch). Immediately there was a little moment of misgiving; first, how would this interact with Xmarks, if at all? And, who chose the text/background colors?


Can any of you full-vision people read this?

No answer for (b), but (1) isn't addressed in the FAQ nor Knowledge Base. I'll keep both of them installed for the moment. Restart, finish the PC side of it, and now the App Store.

In response to the first dialog box Firefox Home displays: Yes, I am 17 or older. (Oh boy! he thinks. There's porn involved!)

iTunes Password: abcd1234

Secret phrase: Man, I wish I hadn't used such a long and obscure piece of text. (That's actually what I entered. Including this parenthetical comment.)

...Searched desperately for the text size control, which seems to be missing completely.

Great. I may as well use the built-in Safari. Sure, I can stretch the screen out... and then have to scroll left and right, left and right, up and down, until I've read all the text and seen all the pictures. Pretty much the same as every other browser out there.

And no porn. Double disappointment.

 

@Inspector (below): Nope, it is indeed a whole different browser from Safari.

Safari is on the top, Firefox Home is on the bottom. (Apple disallowing "duplicate" apps in the App Store is pretty much a myth.) Looks like the latter chops off sidebars smaller than the former, and FH doesn't have the "bookmark" icon because its home screen is your bookmark list from your desktop computer's list. Other than that, they're very similar. The bottom right button has some URL-related options, such as "View in Safari" and "Copy URL."

Oh, and by "stretching" I mean the action of putting two fingers on the screen and separating them, kind of like a pinch but in reverse. In many apps, that'll enlarge the displayed image; pinching shrinks it. Double-tapping with three fingers zooms the screen in to the maximum enlargement.


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Inspector replied on Fri, Jul 16 2010 11:55 PM

Ya, the text and background for the sync setup is not firefox's style... why purple? did they run out of colors?

isn't the app just syncing you bookmarks and tabs with safari?

I didn't really get this part clem,

"Great. I may as well use the built-in Safari. Sure, I can stretch the screen out... and then have to scroll left and right, left and right, up and down, until I've read all the text and seen all the pictures. Pretty much the same as every other browser out there."

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acarzt replied on Sat, Jul 17 2010 1:58 AM

lol.... Who makes all these firefox pictures? lol It's like there's one for every occasion!

Is there one of the fox eatting a sandwich?

New baby? Congrats! Here's the firefox eating a baby.... ohhhh hmmm not so moddest proposal?

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