Firefox Home App Syncs Firefox Faves to Your iPhone
Want mobile Firefox on your iPhone? Sorry, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon (the browser maker has often cited Apple’s SDK restrictions as the primary hold-up). But Mozilla is hard at work on the next best thing — Firefox Home.
The application has not yet been submitted to the App Store, but the early prototype Mozilla is showing off this week looks promising.
Essentially, Firefox Home takes two of the best parts of Firefox — built-in syncing and the “Awesomebar” — and wraps them up in an iPhone app. That means you can easily get to all your bookmarks, favorites, recent browsing history, currently open tabs and other info from Firefox inside of a handy iPhone app. It’s an evolved version of the Weave-for-iPhone idea we originally told you about a few months ago.
If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to remember a long URL for a site you visit all the time in Firefox, but never in Mobile Safari, then this is the app for you. There are already some similar solutions out there — Instapaper is a great way to send URLs from your desktop to your iPhone — but none of them give you access to as much data as Firefox Home promises to deliver.
The pages are viewed within the Firefox Home application, though keep in mind that Mobile Safari is doing the rendering in the background, not Firefox. Still, given that running Mobile Firefox on the iPhone is really close to impossible, Firefox Home is probably about the best solution we’re going to see.
The data syncing is all handled by Mozilla’s servers and is encrypted end-to-end so your data will be kept private even if you’re on a public Wi-Fi network. Naturally Firefox Home will be a free app, provided Apple OKs it.
And why wouldn’t they? Well, who knows, but there’s one possible hitch — it can sync your internet porn, and we all know Brother Steve doesn’t want you to look at porn. Of course Opera’s mobile app was recently approved, so hopefully Firefox Home will be ushered through as well.
Hopefully Firefox Home won’t fall victim to Apple’s capricious approval process, because it certainly looks like a great way for Firefox fans to access their data from the iPhone.