Mozilla Hopes to Bring a Fresh New Browser to iPad with ‘Junior’

Mobile Safari is one great way to access the Internet on an iPad, but what about all those alternatives out there? For quite a while now, many different variations of browsers have existed on iPad, all holding different features like file download capabilities, Flash support, and more of that fun stuff. Mozilla wants to enter this app scene with a new project of theirs titled “Junior.”

According to the open-source software company’s blog post, Junior will be a different type of iPad browser that aims to “make browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser experience from the ground up.” They want to give the tablet browsing market a complete overhaul in design, functionality, features, and overall user experience.

Chris Welch of The Verge reports:

Enter Junior. “So here comes the fun stuff,” said Alex Limi as he began discussing the prototype iPad browser Mozilla has been working on for several months. “We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor,” he said. He goes so far as to deem Safari for iPad “a miserable experience” all the while acknowledging that it remains the best option available in terms of tablet-based browsing. iOS is a platform where Mozilla has yet to make an impact, he admits. “There are a lot of reasons we should be on iOS even though we can’t bring our rendering engine there.” Ultimately he says Junior was born out of necessity: as of now, Mozilla has “no vehicle on one of the biggest consumer platforms in the world.” But what does the company’s take on an iPad browser actually look like?

Following that paragraph, Welch explains that there won’t be any tabs in this browser — surprisingly — and it will instead be a fullscreen experience completely different from what we use today. There are some screenshots in his article, but please be aware that they are rather low-quality and don’t show all that much detail. Still, they’ll give you an idea of what an early revision of Junior looks like, so be sure to take a look. There’s also a video of the concept available below.

There’s no release date for this new prototype by Mozilla and Welch says not to expect it to release in the “immediate future,” though it is possible that we may see it by year’s end. Regardless of release dates and such, what do you think of this new browser idea?

[Mozilla via The Verge]

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