Apple’s iPads to get two competitor web browsers to Safari

apples ipads to get two competitor web browsers safari juniorAfter two years as the sole Internet browser for the iPad, Apple’s Safari is about to face competition from two different directions. Not only have Mozilla unveiled their planned iPad browser – currently nicknamed “Junior” – but rumors are pointing to Google releasing an iOS version of Chrome within the next few months, as well.

Mozilla debuted Firefox Junior via a YouTube video presentation this weekend, in which Alex Limi and Trond Werner Lansen, both from the company’s Product Design and Strategy Team, demonstrated the prototype and discussed the reasoning behind its creation. “We wanted to make something entirely new,” explained Limi. “We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor, and also kind of throw out everything we know about browsers so far. And everybody says they do this, but nobody’s done this yet.”

Junior does, indeed, replace the traditional browser aesthetic with something that takes more advantage of the touchscreen technology of mobile devices (Bookmarks and recent sites are show up as tabs once you decide that you want to leave a webpage; scrollbars are replaced with buttons on either side of the screen, for example), as well as redefine the main uses of web-browsing; Werner Lansen talks in the video about the “three vital things” any browser should do, which he defines as provide access to recently-visited sites, provide access to bookmarked or favorite sites, and access a new site via an address bar that’ll allow you to type in any URL you wish.

The video avoids giving a release date for Junior, with a spokesperson for the company telling Talking Points Memo that the browser is “an early-stage experimental project and is not confirmed for development by Mozilla or for a future version of Firefox,” adding that the reason for the release of the video was that “all projects and experiments at Mozilla are developed in the open to gather ideas and feedback.” Limi seems a lot more confident about the project’s possible release in the video, and even gives a reason why. “We have no vehicle on one of the biggest consumer platforms in the world right now,” he explains at one point, later talking about the need to get Junior up and running as quickly as possible by saying that “Chrome’s going to ship Chrome for iOS soon.”

That last statement isn’t something that Google is willing to respond to just yet.

“We would like to bring the same speedy, simple and seamless Chrome web browsing experience to other mobile platforms, but have nothing to announce at this time,” a Google spokesperson responded when asked for comment about the Mozilla speculation. Google already has a mobile version of the Chrome browser for Android devices, and if the no comment statement sounds familiar, it’s because that’s pretty much what Google said about the Android Chrome just before it was announced. Your days of unchallenged supremacy may be numbered, Safari…

Smart Home

Want a smarter home? Ditch the keys with these great smart locks

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.

Delete tracking cookies from your system by following these quick steps

Cookies are useful when it comes to saving your login credentials and other data, but they can also be used by advertisers to track your browsing habits across multiple sites. Here's how to clear cookies in the major browsers.
Home Theater

Here’s why you’re not getting Netflix in HD or 4K, and how to fix it

Are you having trouble watching your favorite movies or TV shows on Netflix in HD or 4K? We explain why loading takes so long, why the picture quality fluctuates, and what you can do about it.

How to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 12: A beginner’s guide

The latest jailbreaking tools for iOS 12 make freeing your iOS device easier than ever. This guide will teach you how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, and explain what jailbreaking will do for you.

Here’s how to take a screenshot on an iPad, step by step

The ability to capture screenshots may not be the iPad's most glamorous feature, but it's one of its most useful. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on an iPad, whether it's an iPad Pro from 2018 or an older iPad model.

5G phones make a lot of promises. Here’s what to really expect

There has been a lot of marketing copy expounding the potential benefits of 5G networks, but a lot less on the practical implications of 5G smartphones. There's a reason for that.
Social Media

Here’s how to save someone’s Instagram Story to your phone

Curious about how to save someone's Instagram Story to your phone? Lucky for you, it can be done -- but it does take a few extra steps. Here's what you need to know to save Instagram Stories on both iOS and Android.

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.

Need a new tablet? The best iPad deals for January 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.

Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.

How to use iOS 12’s Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords

Keeping track of all your passwords and accounts can be a real chore. If you use an iPhone with iOS 12, then you don't have to. Here's how to use iOS 12's own password manager to autofill passwords.

Razer’s Wireless Charger will turn your desk into gamer heaven

The Razer Wireless Charger adds colorful flair to your desk or bedside table. It works with any phone that supports Qi wireless charging -- with some quirks -- but is it worth the high price tag? We take a look.