Mozilla has just released one of its biggest updates for the Android version of its Firefox browser. A lot of new features are the most popular ones from the PC version.
The first thing you will probably going to notice is that the address bar has been moved to the bottom of the screen. The company says it made this tweak to accommodate phones that keep getting bigger screens. If you want, you can move the address bar back to the top of the interface.
A new feature that wasn’t in the previous version is “Dark mode” that will surely make a lot of users happy.
Another new feature from the PC version is Enhanced Tracking Protection. This feature does what its name suggests: it protects you against online trackers that attempt to misuse your browsing data. When you first launch the updated app, you’ll have the option to choose between three levels of protection: Standard, Strict, and Custom. The default Standard option won’t block content trackers. But you won’t have to worry about things like your online fingerprints, while the strict setting will keep Trackers out of sight. Custom allows you to choose the level of protection you want.
A brand new option for the Android version of Firefox is Collections that allows you to save and organize websites for later visits. If Collections sounds a lot like your classic bookmarks, functionally, they are, but there’s a good reason Mozilla developed the feature.
“Collections came out of looking at the mental models people have built around tabs and bookmarks. The majority of users only bookmark the websites they think are really important and keep the rest in tabs. We saw the need for a middle ground, that’s where Collections come into the picture. Not meant to be permanent in the way people see bookmarks but also organized, so they don’t get lost like tabs”
– said Vesta Zare from Mozilla.
New Mozilla Firefox continues support for add-ons. Although we had the add-ons in previous versions as well, usually they were not optimized for mobile phones or tablets.
Another thing Vesta Zare said is that websites load around 10% faster thanks to the GeckoView engine that the browser is running on. That is a significant acceleration, which is very much felt in everyday internet surfing.
We have to admit that we are impressed with the amount and quality of new features and willingness to innovate that developers from Mozilla have shown, so we can only give praise for the new Mozilla Firefox for Android.