Firefox Home: A not-quite Firefox iPhone app
A forthcoming app from Mozilla will let Firefox users open Web sites on their iPhones.
Updated: 5/27/2010 at 10:10am PT with a few more details that redirect some of our speculation.
Well, this is interesting. On Wednesday, Mozilla gave us a heads-up that it was releasing an iPhone app that would "let Firefox users open their favorite Web sites on their iPhones." We assumed this mystery app would be similar to the
Instead of going the proxy browser route, as Opera Mini does, Mozilla's forthcoming app, Firefox Home for iPhone, is based on Mozilla's sync technology.
Firefox Home for iPhone presents an intriguing twist on the problem of Apple's SDK. Rather than trying to create an exact replica of the Firefox browser on the iPhone, Mozilla is offering a window to your open Firefox tabs, and an encrypted one at that. A Mozilla spokesperson confirmed that Firefox Home is not a proxy browser. Rather, the app will launch pages in either a Webkit Web viewer or in Safari.
While Mozilla hasn't yet submitted Firefox Home for iPhone to the App Store, it's interesting to see Mozilla adopt the Webkit route to bring its brand, if not its own version of open-source browser technology, to the iPhone.
If accepted, Firefox Home will follow Opera Mini as one of the well-known browser brands to hit Apple's device. We expected to see Skyfire jump into the App Store first, especially in light of Skyfire announcing this past April its
operational on Android.