Published on June 18th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Mozilla ‘Junior’ Aims For iPad Internet Browsing Dominance
Mozilla hopes to take over the browsing responsibility for Apple’s iPad and in order to reach that goal the company has begun demonstrating the capabilities of its “Mozilla Junior” tablet browser.
The new “Junior” tablet is required to use the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari for iPad so Mozilla is making its biggest distinctions known through interface displays and added features.
According to Alex Limi, Mozilla’s User Experience Lead, the idea was not to simply port Firefox to the iPad but rather to “reinvent the browser for a new form factor.” Limi further added “We wanted to make something entirely new.”
The company’s “entirely new browser” so far consists of a browsing experience that gets rid of browse chrome and tabs, instead offering two buttons towards the bottom of the screen. The left button is the back button and the right side features a plus button which brings up page switching and a speed dial interface that takes its inspiration from the Opera expanded tab view which shows thumbnails of an actual page instead of simple labels. Pressing and holding both the left and right buttom side buttons also bring up extra options including sharing features for social media.
Mozilla has also created the ability to launch separate user accounts which can be accessed with a swipe to the left of the main navigation page. The various profiles allows users to stay logged into Facebook, Google and other programs while sharing the device with family members.
At this point Mozilla Junior is still a prototype but you can learn more about it here: