Mozilla has been engaged on a unique version of Firefox for Android, nicknamed ‘Fenix,’ for over a one year at this level. The unique codebase slowly trickled down from Preview to Beta, and at prolonged closing, the growing old accurate browser is now receiving the update. However, fans of the accurate browser might possibly well perhaps nonetheless glimpse a pair of parts missing.
The accurate version of Firefox for Android has no longer been considerably updated since July 2019, while Mozilla’s builders believe focused completely on the unique codebase. The accurate app has now been updated from v68 to v79, and now uses the codebase from Firefox Preview/Beta. When in contrast with the older version, there is a more in style interface with a bottom address bar, an updated GeckoView engine with improved performance, more privacy choices, Collections (tab groups), darkish mode reinforce, and diversified modifications.
However, there is nonetheless one fundamental missing characteristic within the unique codebase — reinforce for all extensions. Firefox for Android has hundreds of extensions available from the add-ons repository, but the updated app easiest allows you to put in 9 of them. That’s a most fundamental downgrade, although the handful of supported choices are some of the most traditional selections. Right here is the fat checklist:
- uBlock Foundation
- Darkish Reader
- HTTPS In each single web 22 situation
- Privateness Badger
- NoScript Security Suite
- Search by Image
- YouTube High Definition
- Privateness Possum
Whereas this is no longer a total shock, it’s miles disappointing that the extension ecosystem on Firefox on Android is now minuscule. My favourite add-on is no longer on the checklist (Redirect AMP to HTML), and there isn’t very any methodology for builders to update their extensions without being partnered with Mozilla first. The decent add-ons memoir says more can also very properly be available “soon,” but I idea the total level of the separate Beta/Preview channels used to be to no longer replace the classic browser till the unique codebase has the total identical parts.
Howdy Dan! We’re engaged on enabling reinforce for more extensions for Android and can believe some certain updates soon. 😉
Unfortunately, this implies that of diminutive UI the unique Android journey will easiest reinforce a handful of native topics.
— Mozilla Add-ons (@mozamo) April 6, 2020
Firefox 79 is now rolling out on the Play Retailer. We moreover believe the APK on APKMirror, if you do no longer are searching to wait.