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Firefox for Android brings back general extensions support, here's how to set it up

Firefox for Android brings back general extensions support, here's how to set it up

The brand new Firefox for Android rolled out to everyone last month, but it still lacks the broad extension support that made the original browser so popular. To quote Douglas Adams, "this had made many people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move." Thankfully, experimental support for sideloading any Firefox extension has now arrived in the Nightly branch.

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Mozilla promises expanded extensions support following controversial Firefox Android update

Mozilla promises expanded extensions support following controversial Firefox Android update

Mozilla has been working on a rewritten version of Firefox for Android, designed to be faster and easier to maintain, and it started rolling out to the stable channel last week. Even though the new version is absolutely an upgrade in some areas, replacing the older browser before the newer codebase had all the same features has proven to be an unpopular move.

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Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Earlier this month, Google whitelisted a few extensions for kids' Chromebooks managed via Family Link, like Zoom, Hangouts, and some educational tools — only installable with parental permission, of course. This makes life easier for those who need to rely on video conferences for learning during these stay-at-home times, but it's still a tiny selection. To improve the situation, Google is now testing support for all extensions on managed Chromebooks in Chrome OS 83+ (we tested using Dev 83 and 84).

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Google reveals privacy and security improvements coming soon to Chrome

Google reveals privacy and security improvements coming soon to Chrome

Google Chrome hasn't implemented the extreme level of tracker/ad blocking that we've seen in other web browsers over the past few years (I'm sure Google's position as an advertising company has nothing to do with that), but it has been taking small steps. Google has proposed new web standards that would make fingerprinting and cross-site tracking much more difficult, and now the company is announcing some browser-level features that aim to improve privacy and security.

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Chrome Web Store cracks down on spam extensions and review manipulation

Chrome Web Store cracks down on spam extensions and review manipulation

The Chrome Web Store is still something of a wild west — seemingly every month, there's a story about some popular extension stealing user data or doing something else it's not supposed to do. Google has already made several policy changes lately, and its next target is spammy extensions.

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Chromium-based Kiwi Browser is now completely open source

Chromium-based Kiwi Browser is now completely open source

Kiwi made a name for itself as one of the only browsers that support extensions on Android. The app has also innovated on other parts of the Chromium base by adding a custom implementation of dark mode and by shipping with another take on a bottom bar interface that looks a lot like Google's early attempts at that design. Over the weekend, the developer has decided to make the software open source in order to share these achievements with others interested in building Chromium-based browsers.

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Google blocks updates to paid Chrome extensions, auto-suspends developer accounts while it investigates payment abuse

Google blocks updates to paid Chrome extensions, auto-suspends developer accounts while it investigates payment abuse

The Chrome Web Store is undergoing a transformation, as Google seeks to phase out Chrome apps entirely. Extensions are still sticking around, but now the company has placed a ban on paid extensions, leaving some developers frustrated.

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Android Police's Toolbox for Google Play Store extension is now available for Microsoft Edge

Android Police's Toolbox for Google Play Store extension is now available for Microsoft Edge

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Some Avast extensions dropped from Chrome Web Store after data collection abuses

Some Avast extensions dropped from Chrome Web Store after data collection abuses

Back in October, Wladimir Palant, developer of the popular AdBlock Plus browser extension, published a blog post outlining how extensions from security company Avast/AVG were collecting massive amounts of data from users. In a somewhat-belated response, Google has now removed some of Avast's extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

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Samsung Internet Browser introduces broader extension support, but only on Galaxy phones

Samsung Internet Browser introduces broader extension support, but only on Galaxy phones

Samsung Internet Browser is one of the few examples of OEM-designed apps that many people want to use over Google's equivalents. Ever since Samsung officially started supporting non-Galaxy phones, the browser has become one of the most popular for Android, thanks to its (minimal) extensions support, excellent dark mode, and fast Chromium-based core. Now the browser is adding support for even more types of extensions, but there are a few catches.

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