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12-20-2009, 12:40 AM #1
Mozilla Heats Up The Mobile App Market And Claims It Will Put An End To App Stores
It comes to no surprise when we hear about a Firefox Mobile app in development for various smartphones. Mozilla managed to convert an outstanding number of IE users over to their platform and get close to an average increase of 10 million users a day lately.
Many of the existing stores have draconian or inconsistent guidelines, or aren't worth the cost of producing a separate version to reach a smaller user base, Sullivan argues...
"We look at the problems it creates for small innovators," he said. "You have to create an iPhone app, an Android app, a Windows Mobile app..."
"As developers get more frustrated with quality assurance, the amount of handsets they have to buy, whether their security updates will get past the iPhone approval process... I think they'll move to the web," he explains.
In the interim period, apps will be very successful. Over time, the web will win because it always does
However such features as syncing browsers with your phone and PC is genius, and starts to take us down a road that just might overpower such markets as the Apple AppStore.
"We will sync browser tabs in real time," Sullivan adds. "If you have five, 10, 20 tabs open on your PC and something happens and you have to leave, you can pick up where you left off on your phone."
Firefox Mobile will also support browser add-ons. "Some are existing add-ons for the PC, some are brand new," Sullivan claims.
12-20-2009, 12:42 AM #2
12-20-2009, 01:06 AM #3
But the real question is... will it run Flash?
That's about the only thing I feel the iPhone is really missing these days.
12-20-2009, 01:07 AM #4
i wish i could get firefox on my iphone. time for mozilla to hop on the jailbreak wagon.
12-20-2009, 01:18 AM #5
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12-20-2009, 01:50 AM #8
Cool if this happens, Bye bye iPhone for me.
I only like it because you can have an actual browser and not some cheap #$% "web browser"
12-20-2009, 02:18 AM #9
do it mozilla we believe in you!
12-20-2009, 02:26 AM #10
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12-20-2009, 03:02 AM #11
YES...jailbroken Firefox !!!
12-20-2009, 03:06 AM #12
Bring it on Baby.
12-20-2009, 05:28 AM #13
Firefox is completely overrated. Safari is my favorite browser there is. I'd even take Opera over firefox. That said, I wouldn't mind trying the iPhone version just to see the difference as mobile Safari hasn't really been updated.
12-20-2009, 05:44 AM #14
Maybe on the Mac FF is overrated but on PCs it is the browser of choice. Safari really doesn't cut it on PCs.
it will be interesting to see how FF compares on the iPhone but I really don't see it having much effect on the App store,He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
12-20-2009, 08:07 AM #15
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12-20-2009, 08:52 AM #16
I really hate apple. Anti-competitive a-holes. it might not be so bad if their browser didn't suck fat balls. mobile safari (all versions of safari actually) is horrible.
12-20-2009, 08:58 AM #17
Wow. Either the article is missing a good deal of text or this makes no sense? Webapps on mobile phones suck. That's clear as night and day. Same on all platforms (iPhone, android, winmo, symbian, you name - it sucks). Even on state of the art desktops there is much you can't do through a browser. How on Earth will this change anything? Not to mention the fact that it'll never get approved for the appstore since it'll have to use private APIs handed to Mozilla by GOD himself for this come anywhere near overtaking the appstore... with webapps... on a mobile browser.
12-20-2009, 09:09 AM #18
The app would do well on Cydia. And yes, Flash is the only thing the iPhone is missing now. A native Hulu app would make me cream my pants!
So, is this thing gonna work like the google web app we already have? Or will it be an app store?
I seriously doubt that it will amount to anything if you can't actually download stuff. Its all kinda hazy as far as details.
12-20-2009, 09:21 AM #19
Still need to be jailbroken therefore the app store will remain.
12-20-2009, 09:43 AM #20