Firefox considers return to iOS
Wed 3 Dec 2014
After years of opposing a complete iOS version of its Firefox browser, Mozilla seems to be revaluating its stance.
In a statement made by Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale at an internal Mozilla event, and relayed by Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk, employees were told that Mozilla “need[s] to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”
Apple has been extremely restrictive toward hosting third-party browser engines on iOS, only letting companies use its in-house rendering. However, Mozilla looks to be planning a return to the platform answering to its current mobile and browser statistics, and wish to grab a larger slice of the market.
This decision would mark a significant step for Mozilla following its past relationship with the iPhone giant. Originally, Mozilla offered Firefox Home across iOS but pulled out of the partnership two years ago. In 2013, Jay Sullivan, former VP of product at Mozilla, said that the company did not “feel like it could build the browser it wants” on iOS, and that it had “no plans” to create a version of Firefox for the mobile platform.
For now little detail has transpired regarding Firefox’s iOS plans, however it is expected that Mozilla will continue to work within Apple parameters, using its engine and placing a custom interface on top, in a similar fashion to the iOS version of Chrome.