Mozilla Reventing the Web Browser for the iPad and Other Tablets

Posted by at 9:56 am on June 18, 2012

Mozilla is working to re-imagine the web browser for tablet interfaces, with the apparent aim of grabbing a significant share of the iPad browsing market. The company has been showing off “Junior,” the code-name for a prototype tablet browser that developers have been crafting for the past several months. As The Verge detailed, Junior would represent Mozilla’s first big step into the iOS sector, where the company currently has only an iPhone-optimized companion app that syncs tabs from a desktop but relies on Safari for actual browsing functionality.

In crafting Junior, Mozilla has eschewed most of the standard browser conventions that have survived the leap from desktop machines to mobile devices. Instead of a menu bar with location and navigation tools, the fresh approach presents a full-screen experience in which users access browser functions through two buttons. One button, a black arrow, takes users back a page, while the other opens a more detailed interface that allows users to search, view bookmarks, or enter a new URL.

The new browser foregoes tabs, but keeps other features such as reload, forward, and print. As the browser is still very much in the prototype phase, Mozilla may yet find a way to implement tabbed browsing, though that remains to be seen. Mozilla also plans to add options for private browsing and user profiles, which would require a password in order to log back into an account.

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