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Mozilla has released Firefox for iOS

In December last year there was an information on intention Mozilla to create a version of Firefox for the iPhone and iPad. The company, in particular, has opened vacancies for the post of senior Manager, mobile marketing, software developer and senior product Manager for products for iOS. And now Mozilla has announced a limited release in the App Store app designed for iPhone and iPad.

This version is able to work on iOS 8 and offers a wide range of functions: smart search, sync open tabs and history with the desktop version of the program, intuitive tab, a handy section with favorites. Mobile Firefox is available only in the new Zealand branch of the App Store.

Mozilla has long refused to deal with iOS. Indeed, the popular third-party browsers on the iPhone and iPad low – unlike Android, Apple’s platform does not allow to change the default browser and forces the developers to use a slower engine. However, Mozilla finally gave in. The need release for iOS is associated with significant loss of market positions: according to statistics from Net Applications, the presence of Firefox on computers is less than half that of Google Chrome, which covers 25% of the desktop systems. Yes and on mobile devices Firefox for Android shows only slightly (0.7 percent).

In the past, Mozilla has announced that Firefox will not appear on iOS until Apple will continue its hostile policy towards third-party web browsers. In these terms, all third-party browsers use UIWebView component to output web pages. At the same time, Apple itself uses a different, faster, JavaScript processing engine called Nitro.

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Anyway, Mozilla has to make concessions, and released a browser for iPhone and iPad with the basic functionality. Download Firefox for iOS in the presence of a new Zealand account at this link. The timing of the international release is not reported.

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