Hard core fans of Firefox now are freaking out when the first iOS version of well-known browser is finally available in the App Store!
Firefox has been come up on Android for years but it’s still absence from iOS. Thus, Firefox fans using iPhone or iPad have taken a long time to wait for an iOS version of this popular web browser. Today, that waiting has ended. Mozilla finally launched Firefox for iOS worldwide.
The plan of releasing Firefox on iOS started from the early year. Not long after, an initial version of Firefox for iOS is tested by a limited number of experts in May. A first public beta then landed in New Zealand in September. This country has become an ideal place for testing new apps and features on the Web as its small population and the primary language – English.
The first iOS version of Firefox is finally available in the App Store
Now, you can download the new browser for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch now directly from Apple’s App Store (iOS 8.2 or later required).
This launch is considered as a turning point for Mozilla. In 2013, it was reported that Mozilla and Apple had a conflict over the use of Apple’s standards. Then the company blamed on Apple for not letting browser makers uses their own rendering engine and denied bringing its browser to iOS.
But the situation has changed after Mozilla realized that it is not worth to bring all potential users out due to a dispute. (Firefox for Android passed 100 million downloads in four years). While Firefox for iOS is not powered by the company’s Gecko rendering engine, users definitely have come to expect impressive features, and that’s what the company plans to push to anyone interested.
And now Firefox for iOS is officially available to anyone in possession of an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Here are some spotlights from Firefox for iOS:
Intelligent Search provides suggested search results and the choice of search providers. Besides, users can manage multiple browser tabs on the same screen with Visual Tabs feature. In addition, Firefox Accounts lets you export your Firefox browser history, bookmarks, passwords, and tabs from desktop and Android to your iOS device. Last but not least, to browse the Web without saving history or sharing existing cookies with the sites you visit, Private Browsing is available for you.
Break into the iOS browser game, Firefox will face some harsh competition from strong rivals
For simply access, Mozilla suggests adding Firefox to the dock on the bottom of your home screen. With the first ever release of Firefox for iOS, the company promises that customers can expect “much more from us soon as we are going full speed ahead on continuously delivering new features.”
Break into the iOS browser game, Firefox will face some harsh competition from strong rivals. In fact, most users have been familiar with Safari, Chrome, Opera or something more attractive for a long time. Apple’s own Safari is pre-installed on all iOS devices and is the default for most apps — while Google Chrome, the web’s most popular browser, is a top choice. Moreover, there are other strong contenders like Opera — popular in emerging markets for its data compression technology.
But for customers who prefer to use Firefox on their desktop, there are still obvious attractions from features updated with iOS version.