There may never be a Firefox browser for the iPhone, but according to a blog posted today on Mozilla’s Web site, the company is working on what it believes is the next best thing. The free app is called Firefox Home and is designed to utilize sync functionality from the company’s desktop browser to sync browsing history, tabs and bookmarks to a user’s iPhone.
According to the blog, the app is part of “a broader Mozilla effort to provide a more personal Web experience with more user control.”
“For devices or platforms where we’re unable to provide the “full” Firefox browser (either technically or due to policy), we aim to provide users with “on the go” instant access to their personal Firefox history, bookmarks and open tabs on their iPhones, giving them another reason to keep loving Firefox on their desktops,” the blog stated.
The app will allow users to take their browsing data with them on their iPhone after leaving a desktop. From there users can search their history, view pages and use what Mozilla calls the “Awesome Bar,” a search field that utilizes autofill technology to
Firefox Home is still in a testing stage, but the company promises “more to come as we polish this off and submit it to the App Store.”
Opera Mini recently became the first third-party mobile browser to be approved for the iPhone. Mozilla has said in the past that it does not have plans to develop a full browser for Apple devices. Firefox is currently available on the Nokia Maemo platform, and Windows Mobile users can download an Alpha version of Firefox Mobile online.