Firefox Beta users, listen up. It's time to whip out your phone and check for updates. The slightly less stable version of Mozilla's mobile browser has made the leap to version 25, and it's picked up a few new features along the way. The most visible new feature is a new guest browsing mode that lets you safely hand the phone over to grandma without her getting a closer look at your browsing history than either of you ever wanted.

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Mozilla's also rolled out mixed content blocking aimed at protecting users from man-in-the-middle attacks and unwanted eavesdroppers. On a less threatening note, add-ons can now add indicators to the URL bar. In addition to this, Romanian, Irish, and Ukrainian locales have been added to the browser. Other changes are geared at developers, so here's the full change log.

What's new:

  • Guest Browsing added for handing your phone & browser to a friend
  • Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages
  • Add-ons can now add indicators to the URL Bar
  • Romanian, Irish, and Ukranian locales added
  • Remote debugging with desktop Firefox can now be enabled from the settings
  • Contacts API now implemented in support of web apps
  • CSS3 background-attachment:local support to control background scrolling
  • Many new ES6 functions implemented
  • iframe document content can now be specified inline

That sums it up. If you prefer Mozilla's mobile browser over the competitors' and want to experience what's coming down the pipeline sooner, grab the app from the Play Store below.

Source: Firefox Beta Notes

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Sqlpro

    how it compares with next browser guys?

    • anzensepp1987

      Just better. And it's not made by Go... ;)

    • yahyoh

      just forgot it :/

      it has some weird heavy crappy scroll method + its slow as hell on heavy sites , just stick with AOSP browser , Chrome ( or the Beta ever better ) or Dolphin is very good option too

      • http://papped.webatu.com papped

        Chrome is notorious for slow scrolling problems...

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      Go Next browser isn't even a full browser, it's a wrapper around Android's integrated WebKit (WebView).

    • dextersgenius

      Firefox is the clear winner, both in terms of raw performance in and conformance to HTML5 / CCS3 standards.

      Here's the proof via running Browsermark on my device:

      Next Browser: http://i.imgur.com/Kts45Vd.png
      Performance - 1755 / CSS3 - 44% / HTML5 - 50%

      Firefox Beta: http://i.imgur.com/BNggCmc.png
      Performance - 2128 / CSS3 - 51% / HTML5 - 73%

      • Sqlpro

        thats a better answer,thank you. i quite like next interface. may be i should give FF another try. btw FF stable version does it perform same or is beta still better ? Thanks.

        • dextersgenius

          Beta has better performance - not by much though. In any case, there's no reason to use stable, beta is quite stable and has never crashed or anything.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    I've used Firefox on my computers since about 2006 or so. So, naturally, I wanted to keep my experience streamlined across devices. I realize I could do this with Chrome too, but I guess I'm sympathetic to the open-source nature of Mozilla. Anyway, I like the app itself, and I'm wondering if they've also fixed that rather major-sounding security glitch/bug that was reported on AP a few days (or maybe weeks) ago. Any idea?

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      Everything it does is to open downloaded files automatically so if it opens an APK all you have to do is not to install it (or have unknown sources disabled).

      As for the browser I very much prefer Opera's UI and functionalities.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        Oh, that's right! I have authorize non-P.S. downloads disabled, so I'll be fine.

    • Phoenix

      They fixed it.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        Thanks Phoenix!

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