Mozilla has recently announced that it has removed Firefox Home from the App Store, so that it can “focus [its] resources on other projects,” as TheNextWeb reports.
Firefox Home was first submitted in 2010, and eventually became available in the iOS App Store. Since, we’ve heard rumors of a potential Firefox for iPad browser, which is purportedly being developed at Mozilla HQ in an attempt to counter the “miserable experience” of browsing the Web in Safari for iOS (those are the words of Mozilla’s Alex Limi, rather than my own). However, it would now appear that the development of one new product perhaps comes at the demise of another.
As outlined in a blog post that recently appeared online, here’s how the folks at Mozilla retired the application:
From the early days, Mozilla has been focused on empowering users across platforms and devices. We released Firefox Home as an experiment in bringing a part of the Firefox experience to iOS, focusing on Firefox Sync. This project provided valuable insight and experience with the platform, but we have decided to remove Firefox Home from the Apple App Store and focus our resources on other projects.
For those interested in continuing to use or improve the iOS Sync client that Firefox Home is built on, we have made the source available on GitHub, free of Mozilla trademarks and ready for independent development. As with all Mozilla projects, we ask developers to be aware of the Mozilla trademark policy.
We remain committed to providing compelling user experiences across as many platforms and devices as possible and will continue to explore the best ways to provide great experiences to iOS users.
As mentioned above, folks can find the Firefox Home code on GitHub. And remember that iCab Mobile supports Firefox Sync, if you’re looking for an alternative application.