Mozilla iPad-Specific Browser Unveiled

June 18th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

While the iPad has Apple-made Safari as its default browser, it is not the favorite among the tablet’s users. There is the Opera Mini for iPad, as well as other third-party browsers such as Atomic, Dolphin, Mercury, and Skyfire. You can now include Mozilla into the mix as the Firefox maker unveils its brand-new Junior browser for iPad.

Introduced during an event last week, Mozilla’s Alex Limi notes that the browser needed a “different approach” for Apple’s iOS operating system. “There are a lot of reasons we should be on iOS even though we can’t bring our rendering engine there,” said Limi.

According to Limi, Mozilla Junior was created out of the fact that the organization has “no vehicle on one of the biggest consumer platforms in the world.”

The Junior has a watered-down user interface. There is no address bar to begin with, nor are there tabs posted along the top of the browser. Instead, there are two buttons: the “back” button and the “plus” button that opens a single window that features bookmarks, viewing history, and a search bar. The browser would allow websites to consume as much of the display as possible, all while leaving the surrounding “chrome” to other browsers.

Another feature found in this browser is its support for multiple accounts, each having its own set of bookmarks and favorite websites among other data. This makes the iPad usable between users without having to discover another person’s web browsing history and other revealing private items.

Mozilla Junior remains a prototype for now, but it surely piques our interest.

Source: The Verge, via Information Week


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