Mozilla releases first public preview of Firefox for iPhone and iPad

Firefox Browser for iOS

Back in December, Mozilla had announced it will bring its popular Firefox web browser to iOS.

If you were eagerly waiting for it then we’ve some good news, Mozilla has started rolling out a preview version of its Firefox browser for iPhone and iPad for testing. The browser is available currently only in New Zealand.

The company says on its blog that it has released the app only in one country to collect feedback:

Our goal is to create a great browsing experience for iOS with Firefox. With this first public preview we will be collecting feedback in one country, before we extend availability to get feedback in a few more countries prior to a full public launch. Feedback from this preview release will help us build new features and bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store in rest of the world later this year.

Mozilla is planning to collect feedback on features such as Intelligent Search, which provides search results and the choice of search providers. They are also looking for feedback on Firefox Accounts, which allows you to access Firefox browser history, passwords and tabs from your desktop to iOS devices to make it seamless to switch between mobile and desktop.

Firefox Browser for iOS - Search

The preview includes a feature called Visual Tabs, which the company says is “an intuitive way to keep track of your open tabs.”

Firefox Browser for iOS - Intuitive tabs

Firefox browser won’t be Mozilla’s first app in the App Store. Mozilla had released Firefox Home in 2010, which brought part of the Firefox experience to iOS.  Firefox Home provided iPhone users quick access to their Firefox desktop history, open tabs and bookmarks. However, Mozilla removed the app from App Store in 2012 to focus its resources on other projects.

The company hasn’t said when it plans to release the public. If you’re interested in being notified when Firefox is available in your country, you can sign up here.

[Mozilla blog via TechCrunch]