Monday, June 18, 2012

iPad Owners Might Soon See A Mozilla Browser But It Might Not Be Firefox

Mozilla might own one of the world's top three most popular web browsers with Firefox. However, the company has yet to break into the top smartphone and tablets markets controlled by Apple's iOS and iPad. Things might soon change however as Mozilla's Product Design Team is apparently working on a new WebKit based browser the company has dubbed "Junior".

Working to build things from the the ground up for iPad Mozilla has decided to take a new approach in their iOS browser, and so far looks like a pretty impressive, clutter free experience.

Mozilla's Alex Limi said "We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor," he said. He goes so far as to deem Safari for iPad "a miserable experience" all the while acknowledging that it remains the best option available in terms of tablet-based browsing.

iOS, largely due to Apple's walled garden, is a platform where Mozilla has yet to make an impact, he admits. "There are a lot of reasons we should be on iOS even though we can't bring our rendering engine there." Ultimately he says Junior was born out of necessity: as of now, Mozilla has "no vehicle on one of the biggest consumer platforms in the world."

Video linked courtesy The Verge

Junior is still very much a work in progress - so any of the design ideas we asee at this stage might not mean much. The team might still decide to change he functions and features related to what each of the buttons will do. The back and + button can both be expanded to reveal six functions, but they haven't reached a final decision on what those functions will be. Still, this new design looks like a cool approach to navigation, and it looks like it could be the perfect fit for tablets.

As of now there aren't many more details about Junior, heck Mozilla hasn't even decided if that will be the official name yet. So we don't know what the possible release date would be. Nor do we know exactly what platforms other than iOS and the iPad it might support.

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