Firefox may be coming to iOS

3 Dec 2014

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Mozilla release manager Lukas Blakk has claimed the company is preparing to release its Firefox search engine onto Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

Such a move had been assumed to be impossible, as Apple is known to be restrictive in allowing third-party browsers on its iPhone and other devices.

However, posting to Twitter, Blakk has asserted that Firefox will soon be available on the consumer tech giant’s products.

“We need to be where our users are,” wrote Blakk. “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

In July, Mozilla selected Chris Beard as its new permanent CEO and a move onto Apple hardware would represent another major step for the company since the appointment.

Last month, the company announced a new partnership with Yahoo! to be its default search partner over the next five years, ending Yahoo!’s collaboration with Google.

“In evaluating our search partnerships, our primary consideration was to ensure our strategy aligned with our values of choice and independence, and positions us to innovate and advance our mission in ways that best serve our users and the web,” said Beard.

Firefox image via Shutterstock

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