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Mozilla retires Firefox Home iOS app

Firefox Home has been sent to the great web browser in the sky, after Mozilla officially retired it from the iOS platform.

Mozilla announced via a blog post that the experimental Firefox Home has been removed from the Apple App Store to allow the company to focus on other resources and projects.

Launched in July 2010, the iPhone app gave users access to their desktop-based Firefox browsing history, bookmarks, and settings. Not quite a full browser, the app was able to keep iPhone owners close to their Firefox content.

According to the official Mozilla support page, Firefox Home also provided users with the browser's "Awesome Bar" capability, which allows access to your favourite websites with minimal typing.

While the Home app is not universal, and was designed to run natively on the iPhone and iPod touch, iPad users could still surf their bookmarks and history on the tablet, while running in native iPhone resolution or scaled to fit the iPad screen.

The app was last updated in February 2011. Now, users won't be able to find the app among the iOS browser options.

Firefox Home has not been buried yet, though.

The iOS Sync client, upon which Home was built, is still available for use; Mozilla released its source code – sans trademarks – to developers.

"We remain committed to providing compelling user experiences across as many platforms and devices as possible," the Mozilla blog said, "and will continue to explore the best ways to provide great experiences to iOS users."

Meanwhile, the Firefox Android app as well as the desktop client, were hit with updates last week. The mobile version now supports tablets, and sports a new "Awesome Screen" as well as an enhanced design to make browsing faster and easier.

On the desktop side, Firefox 15 significantly reduces memory usage while using add-ons, and allows developers to build more advanced in-browser games, among other features.