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Mozilla unveils "Junior" prototype browser for Apple's iPad

By Jos · 8 replies
Jun 18, 2012
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  1. Mozilla is working on a new WebKit-based browser to challenge Safari on Apple's iPad. But rather than going with the familiar Firefox UI, they've decided to create something entirely new that supposedly re-thinks the browsing user experience from the ground…

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    So basically its Safari with a Mozilla re-skin?

    Why the hell bother? And does Mozilla actually think people are going to switch from their native browser, Safari, to download another, ahem, Safari that looks different?

    Man, I used to love Mozilla and what they stood for. Well I still partially do, I appreciate that their mission is the open web, but at the same time I hate them for not really doing anything to contribute to that end. Not anything truly significant, at least. This project is just a waste of time and resources; the same with their B2G OS.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,469   +1,254

    The thing is though, Even with all that said and done, essentially, its the built in Safari browser with a different overlay?
  4. No, it's a new browser, but not as such.
  5. jboy72

    jboy72 TS Member

    And so what if its the same overlay as safari..Did we let IE control how we browse in windows?Is vanilla the only flavor ice cream? I for one love Mozilla and there open web concept. It prevents ppl from monopolizing software that are proprietary to there device.

    I love chocolate with sprinkles!
  6. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 200   +16

    Chocolate with sprinkles is only vanilla with a new skin.
  7. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    You can't compare Windows with iOS. The developing platform is absolutely different. IE on Windows is based on Trident. Firefox is based on Gecko. Chrome on Web-kit. And so on.

    On top of that, Microsoft does not really prohibit what apps can be installed on what machines running Windows. There's no certification process in which developers have to go through.

    iOS is a closed, mobile platform operated solely by Apple. Regarding browsers, only Web-kit-based ports are allowed on iOS, making the addition of another browser other than Safari--or another Safari with a different look--an unfocused and unorganized business strategy sugar coated with the pursuit of the "open web."

    The same thing that happened to Firefox for Android will happen to this project. Ask every Android enthusiast and they'll tell you Firefox is a piece of **** on mobile.
  8. Hello, I'm an Android enthusiast.
    I am perfectly happy with Firefox on it.

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