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Mozilla's 'Junior' mobile browser to challenge Apple's 'Safari'

In a bid to offer tough competition to Apple’s web browser Safari, Mozilla has revealed that it is working on a new mobile browser called ‘Junior’.

The iPad browser by the developer of Firefox desktop browser is aimed at making mobile browsing more fun, a memorable experience.

“We wanted to make something entirely new. We wanted to look into how we could reinvent the browser for a new form factor," Firefox product designer Alex Limi said in the video.

"There are a lot of reasons we should be on iOS even though we can't bring our rendering engine there. Mozilla currently has no vehicle on one of the biggest consumer platforms in the world,” he added.

Giving the user a feel of reading a magazine, the browser takes the entire screen of the iPad.

Presentation on Junior

In an event that marked announcement of the new plans of the company aimed at becoming the number one internet browser, the company gave a presentation on the ‘Junior’ browser.

“While they played with the idea of making controls gesture-based, the team ultimately decided to add two buttons, one on either side of the screen. The one on the left acts as a back button, while the one on the right is a plus button that presents users with a list of recent pages, as well as a search screen,” said a company source.

While the company came out with no dates as to when the new browser would be launched, the industry experts expect it to be launched this year itself. There are currently many web browsers for the mobile like Safari, Axis, Atomic, Dolphin, Opera Mini, and Skyfire.

White House launched Mozilla powered US Ignite

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that will make the construction of broadband networks along federal roadways and properties easier and 90% cheaper.

“The White House also launched its 'US Ignite' initiative in Kansas City. US Ignite’s mission is to spur the development of next-generation applications and digital experience that will be able to make use of state-of-the-art broadband networks running 100 times faster than today’s Internet connections,” said sources.

The US Ignite Partnership, which includes over 100 start-ups, local and state governments, federal agencies, universities and major players in the tech industry like Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, aims to develop a national 1 gigabit network that will connect communities and university campuses.

“The challenge is currently in its first stage, which invites you to submit ideas for what you would do with a 1 Gbps network. The best ideas will be rewarded with a total of $15,000 in prizes,” the sources added.