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  • 07.16.10

Firefox Home Enters the App Store, Connects Your PC’s Browser to Your iPhone’s

Firefox Home isn’t the introduction of Mobile Firefox (aka Fennec) we’ve been waiting for, but it is a pretty great tool for iPhone users who use Firefox on their PCs.

Firefox Home

Firefox Home is an add-on for the desktop version of Firefox (on Mac or Windows) that syncs with Mobile Safari on an iOS device. It’s like opening up a portal to Firefox: You get access to your browsing history, bookmarks, and even the tabs you have open on your computer. You can browse all that stuff within the Firefox Home app, or open any site with Mobile Safari.

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I wish it truly integrated with Mobile Safari rather than existing separately, but I suppose it’s doubtful Apple would allow any developer, especially one like Firefox’s creator, Mozilla, to modify Mobile Safari to that extent. And after the acceptance of Opera Mini into the App Store, it’s pretty likely that Fennec will follow suit at some point, which would make Mozilla a challenger to Apple’s mobile Web-browsing throne.

So it’s a little bit clumsy, but still dead useful. I often leave home with directions or a map of my destination open in a tab on my PC, and it’s a great idea to make it easy to check that stuff on the go. You can download Firefox Home from the App Store for free (link opens iTunes).

Dan Nosowitz, the author of this post, can be followed on Twitter, corresponded with via email, and stalked in San Francisco (no link for that one–you’ll have to do the legwork yourself).

About the author

Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law.

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