Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 15:32 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's VP of Product, has revealed that the not-for-profit organization is not going to build an iOS version of its Firefox web browser as long as Apple doesn't mend its unfriendly ways towards third party browsers." So that would most likely be never.
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I won't shed any tears
by darknexus on Sun 10th Mar 2013 19:08 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Considering what a memory and resource hog Firefox is, I wouldn't install it even if they were creating it. Note that I'm not endorcing Apple's unfriendly tactics (although to be honest I don't feel an effect from them either) but, should Apple ever allow it, I'd be much more excited to install a version of Chrome with V8 than anything based on Gecko.

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RE: I won't shed any tears
by Lennie on Sun 10th Mar 2013 19:26 in reply to "I won't shed any tears"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

1. competition is good.

2. I believe Chrome as any browser can only use the existing already installed iOS libraries. So there is no v8 on iOS. They all use the same rendering- and javascript-engine. Even worse, HTML5 hybrid-apps aren't even allowed to use the full capabilities as you can with HTML5 in the browser on iOS. Let's just say Apple is pretty strict.

3. There aren't many benchmarks, but the ones I've seen show Firefox on Android is actually faster than Chrome on Android.

4. Firefox on the desktop usually uses less memory than Chrome these days (Chrome memory uses has increased, Firefox has decreased). Depending on addons it is still possible that Firefox will leak memory though, but these problems have become less and less of a problem they fixed most of those problems.

So I wouldn't just blatantly dismiss it.

Edited 2013-03-10 19:31 UTC

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RE: I won't shed any tears
by Fergy on Sun 10th Mar 2013 21:14 in reply to "I won't shed any tears"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Considering what a memory and resource hog Firefox was, I wouldn't install it even if they were creating it. Note that I'm not endorcing Apple's unfriendly tactics (although to be honest I don't feel an effect from them either) but, should Apple ever allow it, I'd be much more excited to install a version of webkit with V8 than anything based on Gecko because IMHO the javascript engine makes to most difference.

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RE[2]: I won't shed any tears
by Lennie on Mon 11th Mar 2013 07:29 in reply to "RE: I won't shed any tears"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Sorry, I'm tired, need to read better.

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