21
Mar
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Earlier this year, Mozilla introduced Firefox Accounts, an easier way to sync all the good stuff like your passwords, bookmarks, history, and open tabs across multiple devices. This is far from Firefox's first rodeo, as the browser has had support for syncing data since Chrome was a baby, but this introduces in a further degree of ease-of-use and consolidation that users have come to expect. Now the functionality has found its way into the latest version of the Firefox Beta Android app.

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A prompt to turn on the feature appears at the bottom of the new tab screen the first time you fire up the app. From there, the process is pretty straightforward. Just grab the app from the link at the end of this post.

The highlights from the version 29 update are provided below, but here's the full changelog with more specifics.

What's new:

  • Search suggestions available for Bing search engine
  • The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account (learn more)
  • Added multiple quick share buttons
  • Locales added: Hindi [hi-IN], Indonesian [id], Latvian [lv]

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.

  • Nick Saunders

    Is this already available in the nightly? I don't recall seeing it.

  • Jalok Xlem

    It is about time! I hate all these mobile browsers, including Chrome! Why? Because they don't support practical add-ons, like adblock! Sure Dolphin Browser has add-ons, but they are gimmicky compared to Firefox.

    Hooray for convenient syncing! Goodbye Google Chrome Mobile!

    • Matthew Fry

      I stopped using Dolphin when they pretty much admitted that they called home with your personal info.

      • Steph Chi

        +1!

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Firefox is my default browser on android, I love it. Chrome is just so slow at loading pages and then when it loads and you scroll it's stutters! Firefox also has a reading mode which is pretty convenient.

    • Bob Marley

      Chrome beta is not stuttery. If it is its probably time to upgrade your device.

      • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

        Ah yes that's it, could be that my 2013 nexus 7 is getting old. Let me just buy the latest one.... Oh wait this is the latest one...

        • Bob Marley

          Oh I have the 2013 nexus 7 as well. I highly recommend trying out chrome beta. It's much smoother.

  • Sabin Bajracharya

    Finally! This was the thing that made me use Chrome cause pairing the device was pain in the ass in Firefox!

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

    @bertal, there was also an update to Firefox for Android (non-beta) this week, but AP didn't cover it.

  • Navitron

    Good that they are redoing sync, current version of desktop to mobile sync just chokes when you have 6+ months of history, 800+ bookmarks. Lets hope it can actually sync everything this time and in the correct folder structure.

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