Firefox Home now available in iTunes App Store

Firefox Home, Mozilla’s iPhone application that brings your browsing history, bookmarks, and tabs from any computer or mobile device to your favorite closed device, is now available for free from the App Store.

Firefox users will need to install the Firefox Sync extension to synchronize their personal data to Mozilla’s Sync service. Once your data is there, you can access your data from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

While you won’t get a full Mozilla browser, you get the awesome bar quick search power, and an option to preview the web page within the app. Unfortunately, your Safari browsing is not synchronized back.

Firefox for Maemo 1.1 released with portrait mode

Firefox for Maemo 1.1 is now available for download for Nokia Internet Tablets.

This is the first upgrade for a mobile edition of Firefox, and comes just a few months after its initial release early this year.

It brings however, an important number of improvements:

  • Portrait mode upon rotate
  • New smart-tapping system that makes clicking on links, fields, and buttons easier
  • Form assistant improvements, including autocomplete
  • Redesigned start page
  • Automatically updated add-ons
  • Open links in a new tab and save images via our new context menus
  • New web content theme for website forms
  • Improved Site Menu
  • Use volume keys to zoom
  • Save page to PDF
  • Built in Crash Reporter

Check the Firefox for Maemo 1.1 Field Guide for a nice description of all new and updated features.

Maemo 5 users can get it from Firefox for Maemo download page.

Firefox Home will bring iPhone synchronization

Mozilla has announced Firefox Home, a new product based on Firefox Sync, the rebranded Weave project that enables bookmarks, tabs, and history synchronization among Firefox desktop and mobile editions, for the iPhone,  iPod Touch, and iPad devices.

As you may know, due to Apple policy, it is not possible to make a Firefox version for the iPhone as it doesn’t allow an application to run code like JavaScript.

So Mozilla is at least enabling Firefox users to take their bookmarks, tabs and history. The user interface, which you can see in the video below, implements Firefox’s awesome bar, so you can just start typing and suggested sites are pulled from your browsing history.

A main difference between the Firefox Sync extension and Firefox Home, is that the latter only works one way: your desktop data is loaded to your iPhone, but your mobile browsing data is not sent back.

The plan is to submit Firefox Home  to the iPhone store next month, and become available through the iTunes AppStore soon as it goes through the approval process.

Trying Firefox on the Palm Pre

Mozilla’s Dave Townsend (aka Mossop), has published a very interesting post describing the process he followed to successfully run Firefox on web OS, the Palm Pre operating system.

The article is very technical and the result is pretty far from general end user availability but without a doubt it paves the way for a new project to enable Firefox on another mobile platform (currently Android and Maemo), ideally Mozilla Corporation hosted and supported. Continue reading Trying Firefox on the Palm Pre

Mozilla drops Firefox for Windows Mobile development

Stuart Parmenter, from the Firefox for mobile devices team, has announced that Mozilla will stop development of Firefox for Windows Mobile, expected to be released in final form later this year.

The announcement is hardly any surprising given last week Microsoft’s announcement of its new and promising Windows Phone platform. Unfortunately, Microsoft announcements so far suggest the SDK (software development kit) would not allow for a competing browser to run on it, repeating the same limitation Apple imposed on the iPhone.

At the same time, the future of Windows Mobile is uncertain.

Stuart adds:

While I hope that we do see Microsoft provide us with a way to build Firefox for Windows Phone 7, we will continue to focus on the things that we can control: building a great consumer product on both Android and Maemo.

Google’s decision to use proprietary H264 on YouTube, seconded by Internet Explorer 9 last week, signals one of the major threats to the open web for the next decade now that we have a healthy pretty much standards based race going on: open formats.

The second is closed important mobile platforms like Apple and Microsoft’s.

It’s becoming clearer that the big differentiator among web browsers will come down to who makes them: companies that have their stockholders’ interests as their top priority (as it should be), and the one for which a healthy Internet is the way to fulfill its mission. There’s a lot of work to be done, Mozilla.