Mozilla discontinues Firefox Home for iOS

Several years ago Mozilla wanted to bring Firefox to iOS, but the ambitious project stranded before it even took off. The company found out that Apple forbids apps to use their own compilers and interpreters, which means that any browser on iOS has to use the built-in WebKit libraries like Safari uses. That's why Mozilla developed Firefox Home, so that Firefox users still could have a part of the Firefox experience on their iOS devices.

The app syncs your active tabs, history and bookmarks with the desktop version of Firefox, whether your on Windows, Mac or Linux. In a recent blog post, Mozilla clarifies that they are focusing their resources on other projects as the reason behind the removal of Firefox Home from the Apple App Store. However the company is still committed "to explore the best ways to provide great experiences to iOS users."

Luckily there are still ways to sync your Firefox bookmarks on iOS. There are several browsers that support Firefox Sync, like 360 Web Browser, Apollo Browser and iCab Mobile. Mozilla was kind enough to make the source code available on GitHub, so that other developers can continue to improve the technology powering the retired app.

Source: Mozilla blog

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Mozilla should have not gotten into the OS world and just focus on browsers. They still don't have a good mobile browser yet.

ACTIONpack said,
Mozilla should have not gotten into the OS world and just focus on browsers. They still don't have a good mobile browser yet.
the recently out of beta firefox for Android is pretty good.

ACTIONpack said,
Mozilla should have not gotten into the OS world and just focus on browsers. They still don't have a good mobile browser yet.

Firefox for Win8 will hopefully be a good mobile browser. The vids look interesting.

Does anyone know if there is an app similar to what this did but for Android. I use FF as my primary browser but would like to sync bookmarks automatically with android. Even keeping them to a separate app like ff home did would be great.

Nexus- said,
Does anyone know if there is an app similar to what this did but for Android. I use FF as my primary browser but would like to sync bookmarks automatically with android. Even keeping them to a separate app like ff home did would be great.

..Firefox for Android..?

Nexus- said,
Does anyone know if there is an app similar to what this did but for Android. I use FF as my primary browser but would like to sync bookmarks automatically with android. Even keeping them to a separate app like ff home did would be great.

http://www.xmarks.com/ does this (what I use), but you have to pay $12 a year for mobile syncing.

I actually tried to use this yesterday and my bookmarks haven't synced since 2011... I don't think this app even works anymore anyways.

Wow i didn't notice as well. I mainly use it as for Syncing Opened Tabs and that works fine. Although many web site dont work inside the browsers for some reason ( Yes i know it is using the same webkit engine inside iOS, it just somehow not work in Firefox Home but works in Saferi ).

Just die from irrelevancy Mozilla. You had your chance at mobile since the Fennec team 5 years ago and did nothing. Opera ate your lunch at mobile.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
lol how can you say Mozilla is irrelevant and then bring up Opera?
Because he's talking about the mobile space

LAMj said,
Just die from irrelevancy Mozilla. You had your chance at mobile since the Fennec team 5 years ago and did nothing. Opera ate your lunch at mobile.

You don't quit, do you? Trolling 'Meet Firefox Next' and now less than 24 hours later, the FP.

^ Fanboys call it trolling, others call it criticism.

You just can't handle the fact. Mozilla is failing at every venture they're taking.

LAMj said,
^ Fanboy call it trolling, others call it criticism.

You just can't handle the fact. Mozilla is failing at every venture they're taking.

There is NEVER a good reason to want competition to die other than biased preferences.

virtorio said,
Because he's talking about the mobile space

I'd say WebKit owns the mobile space, you're getting that with every Android/iOS device.

The_Decryptor said,

I'd say WebKit owns the mobile space, you're getting that with every Android/iOS device.

I absolutely agree. But compared with whatever Mozilla is doing in the mobile space, Opera is far ahead.

Opera has the benefit of having 2 separate mobile browsers, one fully fledged one that uses the same engine as the desktop (what Android gets), and one cut down copy that uses the server for rendering (What iOS and random older phones get)

Mozilla on the other hand doesn't have the cut down copy, and the only platform that allows development of native browsers is Android, which Mozilla is pouring tones of development work into.

virtorio said,
But compared with whatever Mozilla is doing in the mobile space, Opera is far ahead.

... which is mainly down to the superfluous availability of Opera browsers on many different services, and the server-side rendering from Opera Mini saves a bloody ton on data usage. (Example: my copy shows 127.4 MB received, with original size at 908.4 MB) Opera Mini usually isn't faster than Safari (or any native code browser) and fails to execute scripts properly on some sites, but the data compression is reason enough to use it on limited data plans.

LAMj said,
^ Fanboys call it trolling, others call it criticism.

You just can't handle the fact. Mozilla is failing at every venture they're taking.


Except desktop?

LAMj said,
^ Fanboys call it trolling, others call it criticism.

You just can't handle the fact. Mozilla is failing at every venture they're taking.


What?

Firefox is doing better than ever before.

LAMj said,
^
Does my "bias" has anything to do with Mozilla's failure?

Firefox is great. I use it far more than IE or Chrome. The reason IE and Chrome are so big isn't so much because they are superior browsers, but because Microsoft and Google are using their respective dominant positions (Microsoft as OS, Google as search engine) to push their own browsers.