Mozilla takes aim at iOS browser market with plans for Firefox port

Apple hasn’t always been the most welcoming platform when it comes to third-party software that – at least in Apple’s eyes – replicates the company’s own apps that ship with iOS. That’s delayed the arrival of things like alternate keyboards, though the situation is getting better over time. Even where the company allows such apps, this idea that you just can’t compete (successfully) with Apple has limited the availability of many alternatives – and that’s still the case with browsers. While we see the presence of big names like Chrome, others have been absent – notably Mozilla with Firefox. However, that may soon be changing, as the company’s Senior Release Manager sends out word today that iOS is rapidly becoming a priority.

Mozilla’s Lukas Blakk posted a short message to Twitter this afternoon acknowledging that iOS is where plenty of mobile users hang their hats, and since Mozilla wants to be responsive to its user base, “we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

There’s nothing like an ETA just yet, and we’re not even sure how much momentum this project may have within Mozilla, but for both Firefox fans and smartphone users who simply crave having as many options open to them as possible, this sounds like great news.

Source: Lukas Blakk (Twitter)
Via: 9to5 Mac

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!