Can Mozilla create a next-generation browser for the iPad?

Jun 18, 2012
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The new standard in web browsing will be based on gestures and a refined UI rather than multiple tabs and a search bar, at least according to Mozilla. The web pioneer just unveiled an early prototype of its “Junior” browser for the iPad. A look at Junior’s progress to date can be found on this […]

The new standard in web browsing will be based on gestures and a refined UI rather than multiple tabs and a search bar, at least according to Mozilla.

The web pioneer just unveiled an early prototype of its “Junior” browser for the iPad.

A look at Junior’s progress to date can be found on this video presentation from Mozilla (scroll to the 30-minute mark).

According to the Mozilla, Junior is “an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up.”

Mozilla of course is one of several third-party browsers trying to encroach on Safari’s owned and operated turf on the iPad. Browsers including Opera (my personal favorite), Dolphin (which just got an iOS update) and Skyfire all offer interesting variations. Additionally, Google’s Chrome is a success on Android and it won’t be a surprise to see it ported to iOS devices eventually.

Mozilla’s Alex Limi told The Verge that Safari is “a miserable experience”, but acknowledged that there is no better browsing experience on the iPad. Mozilla has as much of a chance of any company to break through.

This will be an interesting one to watch. Stay tuned.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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