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Mozilla's new 'Photon UI' arrives in Firefox Nightly on Android

If you've been out of the loop, Mozilla is hyping the upcoming Firefox 57 update, scheduled to arrive in November of this year. It will include a new interface (nicknamed 'Photon') across desktop and mobile, as well as the first stages of Project Quantum to improve performance. Firefox 57 will also remove support for legacy (XUL-based) add-ons, a move that isn't popular with all users.

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Chrome will completely remove Flash support at the end of 2020

The web has changed quite a bit over the past few years. All major browsers now release updates on a strict schedule, HTTPS is becoming the norm rather than the exception (before you ask, we're working on it!), and web plugins like Adobe Flash and Java are on their way out. Browser vendors and Adobe itself have been working to transition Flash-based content to HTML5, and Chrome even started displaying HTML5 content by default last year.

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Firefox Focus v1.1 adds support for downloads, improves the persistent notification, and more [APK Download]

We first covered Firefox Focus when it was under development for Android, and it was publicly released last month. Focus is a simple web browser with privacy as the number one priority thanks to features like tracker blockers and a button to wipe all session data. Focus 1.1 was just released and adds a few badly-needed features.

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Toolbox for Google Play Store, our browser extension, is now available for Firefox

Back in December of last year, we released a Chrome extension called Toolbox for Google Play Store. It enhances the web Play Store with testing program signup links, a button to view the selected app on APKMirror, and more. A few months later, the extension became available for Opera, and now it's on Firefox too.

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Firefox Focus is a super-simple new browser that takes privacy seriously

Mozilla launched Firefox Focus on iOS last year with enhanced privacy features, and now it's available on Android. It was previously available only as source code. This browser doesn't do as many things as the regular Firefox or other browsers, but it does focus on your privacy—presumably that's why they call it Focus.

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Mozilla replaces Firefox Aurora Play Store listing with Firefox Nightly

Mozilla has long maintained four release channels for Firefox: Stable, Beta, Aurora, and Nightly. Only Firefox, Firefox Beta, and Firefox Aurora have been available on Android via the Play Store. Now, Mozilla has followed through on an earlier promise to swap Aurora for the nightly build. The Play Store listing remains the same, but the app will be a little different.

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Hands-on: Firefox Focus is being ported to Android, and it shows promise

As unfortunate as it might be, it's a given that using the internet extensively may compromise your privacy. Tracking codes that can follow you across sites have become incredibly common, often used to create targeted advertisements for users. At this point, Google probably knows more about me than I do.

Of course, it's possible to block some trackers, like with the Privacy Badger extension and similar tools. Back in 2015, Mozilla released 'Firefox Focus,' a content filter for Safari on iOS that blocked trackers.

Mozilla later turned Focus into its own lightweight browser for iOS, using the Safari engine (as other engines are not allowed on the Apple App Store).

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Firefox is dropping Aurora release channel, Android app will become Firefox Nightly

Just like Chrome, Firefox has traditionally had four release channels - Nightly, Aurora, Beta, and Stable. There is also Firefox Developer Edition, only available on the desktop, which has been based on Aurora. Now, in an effort to consolidate resources and focus development, the Aurora release channel is being dropped.

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Mozilla announces acquisition of Pocket

If you've never used it, Pocket is a popular app that allows you to save links from several browsers and other applications in an easily-accessible list. Mozilla and Pocket have been working together for a while now, most notably to bring native Pocket integration to Firefox. Now Read it Later, Inc., owners of Pocket, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla.

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Firefox OS is completely dead, Mozilla lays off connected devices team

First announced four years ago as "Boot to Gecko," Firefox OS was an interesting concept. Partially based on Android, it was an open-source operating system entirely powered by web technologies. All of the apps, the interface, the home screen, and many parts of the system were written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Sound familiar?

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