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Installing Firefox extensions on mobile devices is about to become easier

Installing Firefox extensions on mobile devices is about to become easier

When Firefox launched its next-gen Android browser last year, many were dismayed to see it lacked support for most extensions. Since then, the situation has improved a bit, and recently the browser has picked up compatibility with a number of officially sanctioned extensions. Now the next version of Firefox is set to make the mobile extension installation process even easier.

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Firefox finally supports pull-to-refresh, now in the Nightly release

Firefox finally supports pull-to-refresh, now in the Nightly release

It's been requested for years and in the making for months, and now the day has finally come: The Nightly version of Firefox for Android supports pull-to-refresh. A gesture first popularized (and patented) by Twitter back in 2010, it's quickly become as ubiquitous to phones as cars are to streets. Firefox was one of the few holdouts, with developers working out wonky behavior and interferences with some websites.

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Firefox 80 marks the return of the back button and refines tab management (APK download)

Firefox 80 marks the return of the back button and refines tab management (APK download)

Mozilla only recently started rolling out the fully redesigned Firefox bearing version number 79 to Android users, but it's already releasing its successor: Firefox 80. It's improving some smaller aspects that were initially missing or wonky, but extension support remains as limited as it's been.

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The all-new Firefox for Android is starting to roll out widely (APK Download)

The all-new Firefox for Android is starting to roll out widely (APK Download)

Mozilla has been working on its redesigned Firefox based on almost completely rewritten code for well over a year and has in fact already published the update to the stable channel. But despite being available through the Play Store for a few people, the vast majority of Firefox for Android users are still on version 68, which was first released back in 2019. Mozilla is finally looking to change that and has announced that it will start rolling out the rewritten release of Firefox widely to everyone, but beware: You'll lose access to most of your add-ons in the update process.

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Firefox for Android now displays simplified URLs, similar to Chrome

Firefox for Android now displays simplified URLs, similar to Chrome

Mozilla recently pushed its completely rewritten Firefox for Android to the stable release channel, but gHacks has only now spotted a change that many people might dislike. Just like most Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome itself, Firefox has stopped showing the full URL in the address bar, omitting the protocol and the www. subdomain.

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Firefox now supports tab switching with a swipe in latest nightlies

Firefox now supports tab switching with a swipe in latest nightlies

 

As we all know, not all web browsers are the same. That's generally a good thing because we want diversity and creativity to drive innovation; but it also means some of the most beloved features in one browser may not be implemented in other browsers for a long time, if ever. This has been the case for a long time with one of Chrome's somewhat hidden power user features: swiping to change tabs. But if you're a Firefox user, you can look forward to getting this awesome feature fairly soon.

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Firefox 59 adds home button assist functionality, HLS playback, and more [APK Download]

Firefox 59 adds home button assist functionality, HLS playback, and more [APK Download]

The last overhaul of Firefox was just a few months ago, with the release of Firefox 57 'Quantum.' Mozilla today released version 59 of the beloved web browser, across all platforms. While the desktop version speeds up page load times, improves the built-in screenshot tool, and tweaks the Top Sites page, the mobile changelog isn't quite as exciting.

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'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' our web browser extension, adds Firefox on Android support and more with v2.0

'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' our web browser extension, adds Firefox on Android support and more with v2.0

Back in December, we released a Chrome extension called 'Toolbox for Google Play Store.' It was designed to make the Play Store website much better, with direct links to APKMirror/AP/AppBrain for each app and the ability to sign up for beta programs with one click. A few months later, we released it for Opera, and later Firefox.

But all that time, there wasn't much in the way of new features or major improvements. Today, I'm excited to announce that version 2.0 of Toolbox for Play Store is rolling out to Chrome and Firefox users (Opera should get it in a day or two).

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Firefox For Android Beta Updated To V38 With Responsive Image Support And More

Firefox For Android Beta Updated To V38 With Responsive Image Support And More

It may have become the underdog now compared to the ubiquity of Chrome, but Firefox isn't letting that excuse hinder its improvement and development. The latest beta of Firefox for Android proves that by fixing some issues, adding support for requested regional features, and enhancing performance thanks to a few HTML5 additions.

Most notable are the srcset attribute and <picture> element support in HTML5. These allow web developers to point to various sizes of the same image that load based on the device you are browsing on. When used appropriately, the <picture> syntax only downloads the image for its specific context (screen resolution, size, orientation), and hence leads to more responsive page loading.

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Firefox Beta For Android Gets New Support For Firefox Accounts In Update To Version 29

Firefox Beta For Android Gets New Support For Firefox Accounts In Update To Version 29

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.

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