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Mozilla gets Firefox onto the Iphone 4

Not quite the whole shebang
Fri Jul 16 2010, 13:56

OPEN SOURCE WEB BROWSER developer Mozilla has managed to get Firefox on the Iphone, sort of.

After giving up on getting its popular browser onto the Iphone OS, Mozilla decided to create Firefox Home, an application that synchronises data between Firefox browsers on computers with a device running Iphone OS. The application allows users access to bookmarks, browsing history and even currently open tabs on their computers.

Mozilla says that Firefox Home aims to provide "part of the Firefox experience" on devices "where we're unable to provide the 'full' Firefox browser (either technically or due to policy)".

The developer collective is also quick to allay security fears by saying that the application uses end-to-end encryption and that the synchronisation doesn't include stored passwords.

Those hoping that with the launch of Firefox Home there is a chance that Mozilla's popular browser will tip up on the Iphone will be disappointed. Mozilla has said that it does not "have plans to ship the Firefox browser for the Iphone".

Interestingly, while the browser outfit says that its Firefox Home application will work on older Iphones, those with 3G and 3GS devices might run out of memory if more than 2,000 bookmarks are synchronised. Iphone 4 users should avoid that problem as not only does the device have more RAM, but thanks to the duff antenna, users can't even connect to the Internet.

The Firefox Home application can be downloaded for free from Mozilla's website. µ


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