In a somewhat surprising move, Apple (AAPL) has opened the door to third-party iPhone Web browsers. (Sort of. See update below.) Several Web browsers have recently appeared in the iTunes store with submission dates dating back to October, MacRumors’ Arnold Kim reports.
What we’re more interested in: Whether Mozilla will develop an iPhone edition of Firefox, or whether Google (GOOG) will port its Chrome browser to the iPhone.
Why bother? Chrome might possibly be able to offer better performance for Google Web apps, while Firefox could bring its heritage of browser add-ons to the iPhone.
Update: A commenter — and Gizmodo — note that all of these browsers are based on MobileSafari, which is built into Apple’s software developer’s kit. So while Apple now seems to be allowing apps that are marketed as browsers, there’s still no evidence they’ll let in other browsers like Firefox, which use competing browser engines — a key technical difference. So we still don’t know if they’d allow other browser flavours, or browsers with add-ons built in like Adobe Flash. The consensus from commenters seems to be “probably not.”
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