'Firefox Home' Hits the App Store

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    Mozilla's Firefox Home [App Store] has hit the App Store, allowing users to sync their Firefox history, bookmarks, and open tabs from their desktop to their iOS device, where they can be accessed through a WebKit-powered web viewer.
    We first profiled Firefox Home back in late May when Mozilla announced that the project was in the works, and the group announced just over two weeks ago that it had submitted the application to the App Store for approval.

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    Nice. I'll have to try it out, though it oughta be tough to beat MobileMe and Mobile Safari.
     
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    This should be interesting, I'll give it a try to see if I like it :)
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    But what about Javascript? I don't have an iPhone but I thought that's why the opera browser did some sort of remote load and then downloaded to the phone cause app store apps can't run "other code" (ie: javascript).

    Anyone know if javascript works on this browser?

    - Matt
     
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    It's not a web browser. It syncs your bookmarks and tabs from the desktop version of Firefox and allows you to open them in Safari.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    I download Firefox Home, thinking I'd get the browser, only to find I had to buy Sync for 2 bucks and then further find out I have to solve the puzzle of finding the Holy Grail (impossle for me to figure out with Weave, whatever that is) and eventually abandoning the whole project. Epic FAIL, IMO. Too bad, really. C'mon Mozilla, do I need to jump through so many hoops?!
     
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    Nice

    Pretty nice app. Downloaded Sync for free, and now looking at my desktop tabs on my Iphone. Sweet!
     
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    Oh yay! Mozilla has released their not-Firefox-mobile product for the iPhone. I'm so thrilled I can finally sync my bookmarks. I mean, who needs a decent Firefox browser on the iPhone really? C'mon, all you really need is a proper sync utility.

    Not.

    At least there's Atomic Web Browser.
     
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    This is not a normal browser. Just an App to Sync your Firefox bookmarks on the
    desktop and open them on the iPhone, this does not have an Address
    URL Bar.

    I find it useless in time. I like the Tabs idea, you can transport
    the opened Tab on the Desktop to the iPhone, that's it.
     
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    I have a better solution, which works also if you use IE or Chrome.
    First you have to install on your Mac or PC your favorite browser (FF or IE or Chrome) AND Safari.
    Second, you need to download Xmarks (download.xmarks.com) to sync your bookmarks between your favorite browser and Safari.
    Third, you setup iTunes to sync Safari bookmarks with your iPhone or iPad
    Fourth, the trick is done. Each time you make a change in your bookmarks (in your favorite browser) it will be updated automatically in Safari (without having to open Safari). So, the changes will go into your iPhone / iPad the next time you sync it to iTunes.
     
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    Because my primary browser is Safari 5, I use MobileMe to Sync Bookmarks to iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, then using Xmarks to Sync to Firefox and Chrome as my second browser. All browsers with the same bookmarks. Great approach.
     
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    Well the thing with this Firefox Home solution is that you don't need to plug your phone in and sync your bookmarks every time .. you just open the app and have everything right there.

    I love Xmarks though .. I use it sync my bookmarks between different computers and it work fine for that.

    T.
     
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    Downloading now, it seems like it could come in handy.

    I wonder why it says you must be at least 17 years old to download this app, referencing profanity, alcohol, profanity, nudity, gambling, violence, etc. as reasons why.........
     
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    If you don't care to have your bookmarks updated directly in your iP Safari, then you can also use Xmarks for iPhone. It works exactly like FF Home. But it's not free as FF Home is.
     
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    That is always the case, when the app allows unrestricted access to the web .. a little silly but consequent.

    Didn't realize there was a Xmarks app. Well now with the free FF home, I don't see myself paying for their service.
    To permanently sync bookmarks, I have a similar setup as you described earlier .. this program seems more useful to just quickly transfer tabs or an URL to the phone.

    T.
     
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    The reason for this is because it has access to the internet. The same dialog displays with any other internet capable application.
     
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    Pretty much impossible that regard. The only reason this has a chance of being noticed is because people will confuse it for a browser.

    Expect the ratings for this app to be 2-3 stars throughout its life, due to pissed off customers.
     
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    Sounds like you download a lot of apps :rolleyes:
     
  19. macrumors 6502

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    Actually a big deal!

    Since it's not a "real browser", you can't enter a URL. You can only get to things in your history. I used my history to get to Google, and then searched for HTTP headers. The http header of the app is Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us).

    So, it looks like they snuck a browser in there (or they're just faking the HTTP headers.) It's just one feature away to add an address bar.
     
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    my apologies for not downloading as many apps as you.......or for not realizing this in the hundred or so I have downloaded.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Ignore that dude... I download TONS of apps, and have only seen it twice. Apple has this weird thing where they rate anything that can browse the web as 17+... Because you could potentially access porn on it (just like Mobile Safari.)
     
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    This looks interesting - as a Firefox user I might try this. However... I'm currently using Xmarks to sync. Is there anything I need to do before installing Firefox Sync, in order to make this work?

    EDIT: Set up successfully, though it took 2 tries to get everything working properly.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    Yeah but even when you donwload a lot of apps it's patronising to the adult user every time.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    As far as I'm a Firefox user this app is just for me. Easy to install, clear instructions and nice friendly environment. I do like this app.
     

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