APP WATCH: Mozilla drops Firefox Home for iOS
03 Sep 2012
Also offers source code to anyone who wants it
It came out in 2010 and was seen as a significant first step for Mozilla on Apple's mobile platform. But now, Firefox Home for iOS has been quietly dropped.
It was a tentative step back in 2010, as Apple was very restrictive about other browsers outside of Safari back then. More so than in 2012, that's for sure. In fact, this wasn't even a fully-fledged browser, it was a synching tool, allowing you to sync desktop with iPhone and carry on your browsing on the go, albeit via Safari.
With a Mozilla browser being prepared for iOS, the company has obviously decided that Home is one product too many. Could this move mean that an iOS browser is imminent? We certainly hope so.
In retiring Firefox Home, Mozilla says the project 'provided valuable insight and experience with the platform,' confirming that its resources were better focused elsewhere. You can still use the app, but you can't download it and there is no chance of any future updates from Mozilla.
If you are a techie, you'll be pleased to know that the company is making the source available on GitHub, encouraging fans to play with the iOS Sync client Firefox Home was built on to develop something new. So look forward to variations on that and perhaps more iOS apps from Mozilla outside of the leaked browser, as the company continues to explore 'the best ways to provide great experiences to iOS users.'