Firefox for iOS Beta Coming Out Soon
Mozilla previously refused to launch Firefox on iOS since Apple does not allow it to use its own Gecko engine. However, the company announced later that it will be launching the website for Apple’s operating system because they need to provide what the users are asking for.
As much as the users must be upset of the fact that the company’s Gecko engine won’t be available on iOS, I am sure they would understand that this step is necessary for their survival. The company is promising users with all possible features and languages however, iOS’ restrictions bound them. Mozilla said in a blog post:
We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS. We want to bring FF to every language, platform and device possible. Although we can’t bring the full FF experience and rendering engine to iOS due to the restrictions, we saw an opportunity with the latest improvements and tools in iOS 8 to begin development of a FF experience for iOS.
Mozilla says that the team working on this project has been doing it for months now, source codes have been shared in GitHub and it is available for early testers.
The Firefox team has been working hard on development of this new browser over the past few months. We are sharing source code in Github for the brave early testers and are also preparing for a limited FF for iOS Beta soon. Of course, we would prefer to have a large, open beta, but we must work through the required development and release process to get a FF app tested on iOS to get it ready to share with the world.
Selection method of beta testers have not been disclosed as of yet. Source code is available at GitHub for open source fans. Check it out here!