Mozilla released Firefox Mobile Browser for Android last year and they had made it clear that they have no plans to release Firefox Mobile for iPhone. Now, Mozilla has started working on a full-fledged version for Android (Honeycomb) based tablets and yet again, iPad users will be left out.
Over the past few months we had seen some mockups of Firefox for Tablets, but now the Mozilla team has finalized the UI design for Android tablets. The UI looks slick and awesome. It has evolved from the phone based version of Firefox with some important tweaks to make use of the larger screen size of tablets.
Firefox will be deriving the minimalistic design of Android Honeycomb, while retaining some of the distinctive design elements of its web version, like the big back button and curvy tabs. Speaking about the tabs, we will see elements like refresh and bookmark at the top in the portrait mode, while in the landscape mode, tabs will exist in a persistent left bar, allowing for quicker browsing.
Awesomebar feature lets you quickly access the bookmarks, history, and your synced desktop activity, all in a tabbed menu. This looks really slick and usable!
I’m sure many iPad users will be sad to know that they might never see (an official) release of Firefox Mobile browser, as the iOS SDK agreement forbids apps like Firefox that include their own compilers and interpreters. Only those apps which agrees to use Apple’s built-in WebKit framework will be allowed in the App Store and I doubt if Mozilla ever takes this path.