Firefox for iPhone and iPad enters beta testing phase

Firefox for iPhone and iPad enters beta testing phase
Firefox for iOS has started its beta testing phase, meaning that it probably won't be too long before the popular browser makes its way to iPhones and iPads. 

For a brief period earlier today, Firefox recruited beta testers willing to test-drive its iOS browser, but it looks like applications are no longer accepted.

For years, Firefox has been avoiding iOS as Apple does not allow third-party iOS browsers to use their own page rendering engine, forcing them to use WebKit and the Nitro JavaScript engine instead. Back in December, Firefox execs announced that the company is actively looking into building a Firefox version that works on iPhones and iPads, and it looks like the company's ambitions are finally materializing in a product.

The beta version of Firefox for iOS will only work on iOS 8 or higher. Although Firefox won't be using its own rendering engine, this apparently hasn't stopped the company from trying to emulate the feel and features of the desktop version of its browser.

Although once very popular on the PC, Firefox has steadily lost market share in favor of Google Chrome over the past few years. According to StatCounter, Firefox currently has a desktop market share of just over 18%. With a share of almost 53% of the desktop browser market, Google Chrome is nearly three times as popular. The situation only gets worse for Firefox when it comes to the mobile browser market, one where Firefox is just a blip on the radar, with an estimated market share of below 1%.

Are you guys interested in Firefox for iOS despite the fact that it won't use the company's proprietary web page rendering engine? 

source: TechCrunch

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14 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Dang I remember the days when Firefox used to be Good....and fast

3. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

It still is. For the desktop (nothing beats Firefox in the addons department) and Android (one of the only browsers which still support Flash on the latest Android platform). It's inevitable for Chrome to win in terms of number of users due to the massive influence of the Google search engine.

12. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

i agree with you.no one can beat firefox when it comes to addons...its simply superb alround browser.. its my default browser for last 5 years

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I tried to keep loving Firefox, but it's just been a jittery experience on my OnePlus One and my Surface Pro. Chrome is just a smooth experience on my OnePlus One, and IE 11 is much faster and smoother on my Surface Pro. I just use Firefox now as a backup.

7. waddup121 unregistered

Firefox is still beast. I just opted out to Google Chrome back in 2010 as Youtube recommended it as my main browser.

11. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Yeah, I remember when Chrome used to, too

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5697; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple's engine is top notch, just like at browser benchmarks e.g. Kraken or Octane The real question is, does it have extension support? Ublock (or AdBlock) is why I use Firefox over Chrome, even though Firefox slower than Chrome on Android

4. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

have been using Firefox since 5 years ago, on mobile, desktop and laptop. Chrome is no where near Firefox in terms of performance and speed.

5. gaming64 unregistered

Chrome used to be good. Until they ended support for Java and Unity Web Player.

8. waddup121 unregistered

Huh!? when?

9. gaming64 unregistered

Last month. As I have researched, Google would be blocking plug ins using deprecated NPAPI http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/14/google_java_chrome_42/ It was done in order to reduce attacks and was considered a stability risk. Now, the only thing I do on Chrome now is browse the web since I prefer its navigation.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I hope this wont lag like Chrome for iOS. It lags like heck than Safari.

10. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I prefer Firefox to Chrome on desktop it because it's just faster and simple for me. Chrome is nice but it's too full of features I don't really use and it would randomly crashed on me a lot. Also I'm not really trying to tie my G services with it either because it will just bog it down more. I do however prefer Chrome to Firefox on Android because Chrome performs and looks better, also because I had some issues with Firefox mobile and the way it displayed pages so I haven't tried it for the past couple of years, but I'd like to since it's been a while to see if there's some improvement.

13. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Firefox remains my default on Windoze, Android and Maemo.

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