Firefox Home coming to the iPhone

Mozilla Labs announced today that they have been developing an application, called Firefox Home, which is based off Firefox Sync (formerly Weave Sync).

The application will allow you to access your home or work computer and browse your history, bookmarks and open tabs and open them up in Safari.  Yes, Safari.  This will be one webbrowser company that is entering the iPhone webbrowser game, without an actual webbrowser.  However, the app does have a built-in preview option, allowing you to view pages, but doesn't have an address bar.

The purpose of the app will be useful if you leave work or home in a hurry, and need to access your history, using the “Awesome Bar”, which can search parts of the URL, returning results quicker.  You can even search for key words within a page, and the “Awesome Bar” will help you narrow your search query down.

The entire application is secured, encrypted end-to-end, so your data will be safe and secure when you are syncing the application with your desktop computer.  Mozilla Labs said they will polish the application and submit it for approval to the AppStore.

Mozilla says that they have no plans to release a full-fledge mobile Firefox browser for the iPhone on their Mozilla Wiki page:

Does this mean Firefox will be available on the iPhone?
No. We do not have plans to ship the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. Due to constraints with the OS environment and distribution, we cannot provide users the full Firefox browsing experience on the iPhone. For details, see Mobile/Platforms.

However, with the recent release of the Opera-mini browser, Mozilla might be able to modify their browser to comply with the constraints to release a browser in the future.

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Singh400 said,
OT: Do Mozilla have anything for the Android platform? I'd be interested in trying it out.

Only early development versions, see here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms/Android
You can also try it out on your PC! http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/platforms/

ONT:
"However, with the recent release of the Opera-mini browser, Mozilla might be able to modify their browser to comply with the constraints to release a browser in the future."

Opera Mini is not really a "browser", more like a "remote rendering proxy server front end thingy", so I don't think they will do it.

we cannot provide users the full Firefox browsing experience on the iPhone.
Indeed, without Flash FF would be unable to provide users with their daily crash lol

Jose_49 said,
Nah, they won't release it. But if they do, which I doubt, make it so they can do better where Opera failed.

opera mini is quite a nice browser, how has it failed exactly?

Antaris said,

opera mini is quite a nice browser, how has it failed exactly?

Maybe not failed but it needs to be recoded. The touch controls just aren't as smooth as it is in Safari.