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.
One change is the option to show or hide web fonts, which is now available under advanced settings. Plus, Firefox will stop using data in the background when a website uses meta refresh.
This release also removes support for Android web runtime. This was code Mozilla created to run Open Web Apps for Firefox OS. The project has grown stagnant for a few years, and Mozilla is now cutting the cord. You can read up more in this Google Group and in the relevant bug report.
- Add ability to show system notification to highlight features on browser update
- Add "Show/Hide web fonts" in advanced settings to reduce bandwidth and data
- Show main domain (origin) or name of organization (EV certificate) in the URL bar (to prevent phishing attacks)
- Stopped data usage when Firefox is in the background and a page uses meta refresh
- "Open multiple links" setting under “Customize” has been renamed to “Tab Queue”
- Notify Gingerbread Users that Firefox will no longer update after this release
- Remove support for Android web runtime (WebRT)
- Remove Favicons in Awesomebar to prevent HTTPS spoofing
You can grab the Firefox beta from Google Play or APK Mirror.