Mozilla's future plans don't include Firefox for the iPhone

Tired of battling Apple, Mozilla has decided to focus on other mobile platforms

Sorry, Firefox-loving iPhone users: Firefox Home, an app that lets users synchronize their iPhones with their desktop version of Firefox in order to access browser history, bookmarks, and open tabs while on the go (and in the iPhone's Safari browser, of course), is the closest you're going to get to Firefox on the iPhone.

In a post on the Mozilla blog, the company laid out its future for Home, most of which revolve around expanding its reach into BlackBerry and Nokia devices. But the app will not be expanded into a full-on browser for the iPhone. "People have asked about adding more browser-like features to Firefox Home," the blog post says, "but there are technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone."

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Mozilla did say that it is "investigating [the] option" of bringing Home to the iPad, but it would face the same restrictions on Apple's tablet as it does on Apple's smartphone.

Home for the iPhone only works in one direction -- bringing bookmarks, history, and open tabs from a desktop PC into the iPhone; according to a Mozilla spokesperson, the company is "looking into the possibility of developing two way synch" for future iterations of Home for BlackBerry or Symbian. The company also says that the new version of Home will have expanded sync capabilities that will encompass Firefox Panorama, search engine preferences, and link-sharing via Facebook and Twitter directly from Home.

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