Mozilla Finally Kickstarts Firefox for iOS

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 13, 2015

It was all the way back in 2012 when we covered the news of Mozilla's Firefox browser arriving for Android. At the time, there were some compelling reasons to use the browser on Android, too. For example, it worked seamlessly with Flash content, while Apple's iOS devices didn't.

Now, all these years later, Mozilla has launched Firefox for iOS, a much talked about but never before delivered version of the venerable browser. 

Most of Mozilla's reluctance to deliver Firefox for iOS came from the company's concerns over Apple's policies. Among other things, Apple only allows into the App Store browsers built on its own rendering and JavaScript engines. Mozilla has seen that as decidedly un-open.

But market share has tumbled for Firefox, and availability on iOS can shore up its share. According to a Mozilla post:

"If you’re an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch user you’ll be happy to learn that Firefox for iOS is now available in the App Store worldwide. Firefox for iOS lets you take your favorite browser with you wherever you go with the Firefox features you already love including smart and flexible search, intuitive tab management, syncing with Firefox Accounts and Private Browsing."

 This browser is sure to woo some users who simply want to be able to sync their desktop bookmarks and other preferences with a mobile version of Firefox. We'll see what impact it has on the brower's falling market share.