May 27, 2010 | Andy Boxall
You want Fennec for the iPhone? Well, move along, as this isn’t it. Mozilla have posted some details on their blog about a new application they’ve created for the iPhone, which will indeed allow you to view pages on the Internet, but is not a browser. Called Firefox Home, it’s a clever little thing that will work like the existing Weave Sync add-on, where one copy of Firefox is synced with your others.
Firefox Home will sync with your desktop edition of Firefox, providing access to its browsing history, bookmarks and the most recent set of open tabs. The app will open any of these pages in its own ‘web viewer’ or if that’s not possible, it will default to Safari. Furthermore, Firefox Home will incorporate the Awesome Bar, their own flashy version of an address bar that negates the need to type in a full URL if you have ever visited the site before, plus it performs a comprehensive search of your history and bookmarks. The Awesome Bar searches both your phone and desktop Firefox too.
Having recently played with Firefox Mobile on a Nokia N900, it was the Awesome Bar that really impressed, especially when combined with Weave, so this is a welcome addition.
So, Firefox Home is not a browser and it doesn’t use a proxy like Opera Mini; making it something in-between! Firefox Home is still be prepared by Mozilla prior to submitting it to Apple for App Store approval, but they have confirmed the application will be free to download on release.