Sorry, you won't see Opera, Firefox, or Chrome soon on your iPhone

Sorry, you won't see Opera, Firefox, or Chrome soon on your iPhone

Summary: I was pleased at first to see the headline from Jason about web browsers on the Apple iPhone, but then after a bit more reading I found out that hell did not freeze over and it just cooled down a couple of degrees. As Steve O'Hear pointed out on last100.com these "browsers" are basically different skins for the Webkit browser engine on the iPhone. So if you were like me and hoping to see Opera Mobile, Skyfire, Chrome, or Firefox on the iPhone I think we really will have to wait until hell freezes over before we see a real browser battle on the iPhone.

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Sorry, you won't see Opera, Firefox, or Chrome soon on your iPhoneI was pleased at first to see the headline from Jason about web browsers on the Apple iPhone, but then after a bit more reading I found out that hell did not freeze over and it just cooled down a couple of degrees. As Steve O'Hear pointed out on last100.com these "browsers" are basically different skins for the Webkit browser engine on the iPhone. So if you were like me and hoping to see Opera Mobile, Skyfire, Chrome, or Firefox on the iPhone I think we really will have to wait until hell freezes over before we see a real browser battle on the iPhone.

That said, the iPhone still have a very good mobile browser and Apple could easily improve it themselves in the future. For now, I'll stick with the default Mobile Safari browser on the iPhone and Opera Mini on most of my other devices. I also enjoy using Skyfire for Hulu viewing, S60 browser for visual history, and Opera Mobile for an almost complete internet browsing experience with better text reflow than the iPhone browser.

Topics: iPhone, Browser, Mobility

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  • Mobile Safari is fine if.....

    ...I could install adblock or alter my hosts file without jailbreaking my phone. The biggest problem surfing on my iPhone is the amount of time spent loading ads.
    txscott
  • That doesn't mean

    That mobile Firefox won't find its way onto a Cydia repo at some point in the future.
    voyager529
  • LOL.....

    I knew there was more behind this than meets the eye. I think this kind of software distribution is disturbing and should be looked down on. But no one is going to speak out about it because then they would have to worry about Apple cutting their app from the store. I wonder if Apple's China or Russian departments are running the show, because it seems to be more leaning toward the communist side of things. I tell you what you can get and you will like it, thats it.
    OhTheHumanity
  • Chrome uses WebKit as well

    They've added a lot more on top of WebKit that might go beyond calling them a "skin", but they do use WebKit as their core HTML engine.
    PB_z
  • so is chrome a webkit skin too?

    is the browser on the new Palm Pre a webkit skin? etc,
    etc... are the other 100 or so browsers that also use
    WebKit skins as well, since they all use the WebKit
    rendering engine?

    they are different browsers with different
    functionality that all use WebKit as their rendering
    engine.. so what's your point even one of the browsers
    you mention (chrome) according to you is a WebKit
    skin... i'm not getting your point.
    doctorSpoc