The months of declining Firefox market share might soon come to an end or at least a slow down, as according to Mozilla’s Release Manager, Lukas Blakk, has announced that after years of refusal, the open source organization is finally bringing Firefox to iOS.
He wrote, “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS #mozlandia”
Why the sudden change? While we may never know all the possible reasons, one of the key elements could be a shift in Apple’s strategy itself, where the tech giant (since the WWDC 2014) announced the availability of WKWebView for all the developers:
BlackBerry and Windows Phone get no “love” at all.
Following the 10th birthday and search deal negotiations with Google, Mozilla is using the momentum to blast Google and Apple mobile operating systems for their lack of openness.
According to Mozilla’s chief technology officer, Andreas Gal, both dominant OS’es lack transparency as users are not informed on what happens with their data.
Improved WebKit engine soon to be available on all apps.
Now, it looks like Apple has finally reversed this decision and is allowing third parties to access this very engine. What does that mean? All apps will now be able to use the improved engine, offering a boost in performance for apps like Facebook, Twitter and more.
Windows users rejoice.
If you’ve been using Apple’s iCloud service on Windows but found a lack of Firefox and Chrome bookmarks support disappointing then good news because this is exactly what the recent update includes.
Yes, you can finally sync all major browser bookmarks (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome) on your PC’s.
I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
The situation itself is so moronic that I am not sure where to begin with. Basically, some guy watched porn using Safari web browser and now is suing Apple because it lead to an unfair competition between his wife and pornstars, resulting in damaged marriage.
That’s pretty much it, if you are curious enough to read an official statement (he argues that Apple should have a “safe mode” on by default), check the following page.
Shows how far behind Apple really is.
Recently, Apple has revealed the seventh version of its Safari web browser, that (like Internet Explorer) gets rarely updated, so it should be a pretty big deal, at least for them.
What kind of crazy features did they add this time? Unfortunately, most of these are just catching up with competition, for example:
Sleipnir, an interestingly different web browser for the Mac OS X, has been recently bumped to the version 4.1, which brings an interesting take on your frequently visited sites.
What is it all about? Sleipnir team implemented a new search function called “Portal Field”, which allows users to find pages they want to open by typing just 4 characters. While it sounds like a minor tweak, PF will also prioritize your bookmarks and highlight them in a displayed list (along with suggestions). Furthermore, when suggestions are already open, Sleipnir will take your to that tab to avoid increasing unnecessary tabs.
Shatters your dreams.
If you’ve been hoping to see Firefox on iPhone or iPad then we have some bad news for you, according to Mozilla, the open source organization currently has no plans to create a Firefox version for iOS, at least until Apple changes its policy.
Currently, iOS developers are forced to use Apple’s UIWebView component and they have no access to a far superior, Nitro rendering engine, therefore, Mozilla sees no point to release a peace of software that is limited in an artificial way..
Slow yet feature rich.
Well, what do you know, after the recent Google Chrome release for the Android devices, here comes another one but this time it’s for the iOS.
Forgets about the iPad.
Here is some drama for a Thursday night. In the tablet market where Apple pretty much dominates it with a healthy 90% market share mark (in terms of shipments), Mozilla decided to complain about no other than Microsoft, which, according to them, will not allow other browsers than IE to run in the Windows Classic mode on an ARM based, Windows RT OS.