It’s unfair, but various companies have still made excellent browsers for iOS, including Google Chrome and Opera. Mozilla, though, will not follow these company’s lead, having said at this weekend’s SXSW conference in Austin that Firefox won’t be coming to iOS any time soon.
The announcement was made by Mozilla vice president Jay Sillivan, speaking at the mobile browser wars panel at SXSW Interactive. He Cnet:
Mozilla has a history of being more resistant to compromise and playing in walled gardens than competitors like Google and Opera. For example, Mozilla only in the last couple of months started supporting H.264 and MP3 codecs, arguing instead that the web should embrace the “free” VP8 codec (which, as it turned out, Steve Jobs was right about… it’s just as beholden to other companies’ patents as H.264).
None the less, the iOS platform is not a level playing field in the mobile browser wars, and until that changes, Mozilla’s sitting out the battle.