I’m a fan of Firefox all along, at least in the desktop side. And I do wish one day I could have a Firefox mobile version in my iPhone, for a long time.But Apple has turned my down on this already.
I’m not saying how poor the built-in default Safari browser behaviors in the iphone, actually it does do a pretty good job in stability and user interface. However, since I’ve been already benefiting much from the plugin mechanism that Firefox desktop edition supports for a while, I know Safari could be able to possibly do a better job.
Giving customer more choices is not always a bad thing. Good product wins in the end, I believe. Time proves. Obviously in this point, Apple disagrees.
Now comes Opera Mini iPhone edition. But Will Apple approve it?(ZDNet), though iPhone owners may likely embrace it for its 5 improvements(PCWorld).
I hope the answer is yes, but I doubt, really. Wait and see.
Anyway, I’ve give you some alternatives. If you need WAP browsing, file downloading and some other things, please install UCWeb, a popular mobile browser developed by a Chinese company UC. If you can’t read Chinese, please try Wapzilla, MyMedia instead.
I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, really. I love it so.The reason? I’ve talked it before, not mention so many new features has been added in this release.
To quote a few, brand new UI design(i think it cooler), full screen browsing, support direct installation from .deb,.pxl,.ipa, support music(.3gp,.mp3) and movie(.mov,.mp4)) download and playback, last session restore…
I myself still haven’t enough time to digg deeper into it yet. To get more, you better try it out by yourself. Just give it some patience ‘coz it’s still in beta and buggy, from from as stable and user-friendly as Safari.
However, it IS worth of a try.
Cydia/Icy source is: http://wap.ucweb.com/iphone/cydia.
Compatible Firmwares: 2.0 | 2.0.1 | 2.0.2 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.2.1 | 3.0 | 3.0.1
Here’s the new home and a downloaded mp3 ready to play.
Update(Sep.28,2009): UCWEB 6.7 beta rocks on iPhone firmware 3.1!
(from official site)
With this release, i expect mobile firefox would be much closer to the day of firefox running on the iphone, even though there’s already a saying of that would not happen due to the restriction of Apple’s SDK.
But, people like me who would love to make it happen, just make our voice out and loud and then get heard.
Who knows what will happen, eventually.
I’ve been waiting for an iphone edition WAP browser for a long time. Today i just happened to get it: UCWEB.
Of course it can do a lot of things, Nek has made a good summery for us here. Quote part here:
1. WEB and WML webpage browsing
2. WiFi, CMWAP(only in China), CMNET access
4. upload and download files
For me, the most wonderfully thing is exactly what it’s designed to be: browsing wap sites on the iphone. I myself actually use Google Reader on Safari for the daily news, and Safari does work fine for me most of time, but in the worktime, i do need to visit some wap sites a little. That’s always been my headache when coming to it.
Now it’s come to the end,finally. Cheers 🙂
BTW, the source for UCWEB iphone edition is http://wap.ucweb.com/iphone/UCWEB.plist. And its offcial forum is here(in Chinese)
Update(Feb.26,2009): To answer antonioj’s question, here’s the how-to(from left to right):
To access the bookmarks, click the yellow star icon in the upper left corner as the picture shows below:
Update(Feb.27,2009): Besides, the UCWEB install source for Cydia has been updated to http://wap.ucweb.com/iphone/cydia, as antonioj said.
Update(Sep.21,2009): The latest UCWEB is 6.7beta which I’ve talked about here.