Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s iOS are giants in their own rights but their relationship has been tumultuous. Apple wouldn’t concede to Mozilla’s demands about using their own web engine on Apple’s iOS platform while Mozilla was adamant that they wouldn’t release Firefox on iOS until the demand is met. However, back in December last year Mozilla announced that they would finally be bringing the popular browser to iOS. Now, Firefox gets ready for iOS and as the public release is nearing they are looking for beta testers.
Mozilla started testing with providing a ‘Firefox-like’ experience on iOS last year and now is looking for testers for their beta version of Firefox for iOS. You only need to fulfill one requirement to become a beta tester-you need iOS version 8 or up on your iOS device. You can fill out the survey and if chosen will get to use Firefox as a tester before it comes out on the iTunes App Store.
This move seems like a great one for Mozilla and specially at a time like this. Mozilla’s Firefox is lagging far behind, once competitor, Google Chrome in market share. Those Firefox faithfuls who also use iOS will be glad to hear the news and will likely switch to Mozilla’s offering once available to enjoy the syncing features across their devices.
Other reasons than being a Mozilla fan for switching over to Firefox when it becomes available include having more control over your information. The Mozilla foundation has always been very particular about this and in today’s world reassurances of this sort help with your paranoia. I would be really interested to try it out when it becomes available, will you be giving Firefox for iOS a spin?