Firefox for mobile (Fennec) is bumping its version numbering to more closely match desktop releases of Firefox. This means “Firefox 2.0b1 for Android & Maemo” is becoming “Firefox 4.0b1 for Android & Maemo” and will be released as “Firefox 4.0 for Android & N900”. We are aligning mobile Firefox and desktop Firefox since the web rendering engines used in both browsers are the same. Treating them as the same version seemed like the right thing to do.
Any add-ons hosted on addons.mozilla.org (AMO) that are marked as compatible for Fennec 2.0b1pre will automatically be bumped to support Fennec 4.0b1pre. If your add-on worked in Fennec 2.0b1pre, it will work fine in Fennec 4.0b1pre.
Firefox Home for the iPhone is one of the first applications to showcase the benefits of having your Firefox data in the cloud. We received an amazing response to the launch of Firefox Home in the Apple App Store and have worked to make the app even better. Now, we want to share our plan for Firefox Home and are eager to hear your feedback.
What is Firefox Home?
Firefox Home is a free cloud-based application that lets you access your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and tabs on your iPhone. Want to pull up that funny video you were watching just before you left home? Open Firefox Home and your web history is right there. Forgot to print out directions to the restaurant before leaving work? Firefox Home gives you instant access to your desktop tabs.
On platforms that cannot support the full Firefox browser, Firefox Home saves the day by providing access to your Firefox history.
As we look to the future, we identified a couple of areas of focus for Firefox Home and would love to hear what you think.
Provide access to more Firefox data on your phone and add social functionality.
Synchronize passwords to your phone so you don’t have to type them in anymore.
Better integrate with new iOS4 features and other native applications (such as Youtube, Maps, Mobile Safari etc.)
Bring other Firefox customizations such as search engine preferences.
Bring your Firefox Panorama settings and tab groups to your phone.
Some of our more experimental features will allow you to easily share links, reviews and comments with your friends on
Twitter, Facebook or other social networks directly from Firefox Home.
Build the ability to provide feedback and get help with any issues directly from within Firefox Home.
Bring Firefox Home to more platforms
In addition to adding new features, another big focus is to bring Firefox Home to other phones where users don’t have the Firefox browser. We are working to bring Firefox Home to both Blackberry and Symbian platforms in the coming months. We want to offer people access to their Firefox data no matter where they are, and these two platforms make up around 60% of the worldwide smartphone market combined. We’ve also heard interest for an iPad version of Firefox Home and will investigate this option further.
No Firefox Browser for the iPhone
We are working to bring as much of your Firefox experience as possible to Firefox Home. People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home, but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone. We are focused on building Firefox Home as a rich, cloud-based application and making it a valuable product that people will continue to love and use.
Give us feedback
We would love to hear your thoughts around Firefox Home. In particular:
Do you have a cool new feature you want to see in Firefox Home? Tell us about it.
Do you want to see other types of data in Firefox Home? Let us know.
Are you a developer on the iPhone/Symbian/Blackberry platforms and want to help us make this a reality? Join us on our mailing list or #mobile on our irc server.
Firefox Home, a free app that syncs your Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs to your iPhone or iPod touch, is now available in 15 languages worldwide. Get Firefox Home in your language now! Watch Firefox Home 1.0.2 in action:
What’s new in this release:
Worldwide Availability: Use Firefox Home in 15 languages, including French, German, Japanese, Polish and Spanish. See all supported languages.
URL Search Bar: Want to visit a website that’s not in your bookmarks or history? Only remember part of the URL? You can now type the site’s URL into the Search Bar and Firefox Home will take you there.
Custom Servers: Advanced users can now set up Firefox Home to connect to their own custom Firefox Sync servers.
Our Firefox Home iPhone Skin Design Challenge winner has emerged from nearly 100 fantastic iPhone skin design submissions, as well as tons of votes from the community. Thanks to all those who participated!
Andrew from Pasadena, California, created our winning design, which is entitled “Make Firefox Your Home.” “I wanted to create a bold design that could be seen clearly on the iPhone. My design concept was to show how all the functions of Firefox Home are easily accessible through icons and to convey how user-friendly the app is,” says Andrew.
Because we liked Andrew’s design so much, as well as our other top designs, we’ve made them available in the Mozilla Marketplace. Get your new iPhone skin today! Congratulations again to Andrew, our top finalists and everyone who participated!