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Firefox Beta hits v50 with merged recent and history panels

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Firefox 49 brings tab improvements, offline page viewing, and more [APK Download]

Firefox may have been overshadowed by Chrome in terms of worldwide users, but it is still an excellent browser, even on Android. The latest update, version 49, has the usual dose of new features and bug fixes.

The biggest new feature is offline page viewing, which coincidentally enough, was recently added to the Chrome Dev builds. However, Chrome allows you to manually choose what pages you want stored for offline reading, whereas Firefox tries to store recent pages offline automatically. I imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to implement Chrome's offline functionality, now that the framework is in place.

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Firefox 47 Beta Adds A Few Changes To Slightly Reduce Mobile Data Usage, Removes Support For Android Web Runtime

Shortly after Firefox 46 went stable, the beta for version 47 is now available. As is typical for browser updates, the changes are minor and eclectic, but a few this time around can decrease the amount of mobile data you consume by a hair or two.

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Firefox 46 Goes Stable, Drops Support For Android Honeycomb

Another Firefox update is making its way out to devices. Unless they're running Honeycomb, that is. This version of Mozilla's open source browser does not work on tablets running Android 3.0 - 3.2.

Considering less than 0.1% of Android users were on Honeycomb two years ago, only four or five people will be saddened by this news.

Everyone else will see popular websites such as Facebook and YouTube show up in the Top Sites panel at first launch. Notifications about tabs opened in the background now list URLs. Firefox 46 will also request permissions as needed instead of when first installed, thanks to Android 6.0.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox for Android Beta v46 With The Ability To Display Cached Webpages While Offline And Other Refinements

Much like Chrome releases, Mozilla's updates for Firefox are rarely mindblowing. Instead, we get a constant stream of smaller changes that slowly but surely upgrade all aspects of the user experience. The latest beta release for Firefox, v46, falls right in line with this pattern. The highlight of the update is that the browser will display recently visited webpages even when you are offline, using data stored in cache.

You don't need to do anything in particular to get the offline webpage feature going; if Firefox has it cached, it will display instead of the typical error messages you get when trying to browse offline.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox v45 With Click-To-View Images, The Option To Disable Cameras And Microphones For Family Members, And More

If you're not using Chrome on Android, there's a good chance you're using Firefox. Mozilla has bumped up the mobile browser to version 45 with a few tweaks that can help you save data and privacy alike.

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Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox v44 With Cloud Printing, Improved Tabs Screen, And More

So you don't want to use Chrome? No problem, there are alternatives. Mozilla's Firefox browser has gotten pretty good lately, and it gets plenty of updates, like the update it's getting today to v44. There are a few user facing changes this time; if you haven't checked out Firefox recently, maybe now's a good time.

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Firefox Stable v43 Released On Android With Improvements To Accessibility, Reading List, And More

Google bundles Chrome with Android, but what about that other browser? Firefox has gotten pretty good these days, assuming you don't need deep integration with your Google stuff. The stable version of Firefox is getting an update today with the usual collection of tweaks and additions. Maybe it's time to give it another look.

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Firefox Updated To v42 With Tracking Protection (Basically An Ad-Blocker)

Google rolls out new versions of Chrome all the time, but Mozilla is no slouch when it comes to Firefox. Version 42 of Firefox is hitting the stable channel with a number of important changes and improvements, but right at the top of the list is a revamped private browsing mode with a feature called Tracking Protection. It's basically a built-in ad-blocker.

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Firefox Updated To v41 With Easy Multi-Provider Search From Address Bar, Ability To Search Your Saved Logins, Duplicate Bookmark Detection, And More

Mozilla advances another version in their rapid release cycle today, moving the stable version of Firefox for Android (and desktops) to v41. Unlike some other recent releases, this one has several goodies for regular users. These include a modification to in-browser search that makes it more like using the dedicated search bar in desktop Firefox, offering an easy tap-to-choose selection of different search providers.

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To be honest, I think this is a lot more useful on mobile than it is on the desktop. The moments, taps, and typing saved are a lot more precious when using your phone.

Another highlight is the ability to search your saved logins when there are no matches.

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