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The best web browsers for Android in 2020

Your Android smartphone probably comes with one of two browsers as the default: Samsung Internet, or Google Chrome. If you've ever found yourself wondering what life is like back in the world of Firefox or lesser-known alternatives like Kiwi in 2020, though, you're not alone. And there are actually substantial differences between the various browsers you can get on Android. Unlike Apple, which requires all third-party browsers to use the Safari rendering engine (and doesn't allow other browsers to be the system default), Google allows any web browser with any engine to be published to the Play Store ⁠— giving Android phones and tablets more options for browsing the web than any iOS device.

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Firefox Preview 5.0 and Beta 76 bring back support for Progressive Web Apps, add more extensions

Mozilla is still in the process of rewriting Firefox on Android with a faster codebase and modern enhancements, but as with any overhaul project, sometimes it takes a while to bring back features that the previous version offered. The newest versions of Firefox Preview and Firefox Beta (the latter of which recently switched to Preview's codebase) re-introduce functionality that was already available on the old Firefox browser, but there are a few new changes as well.

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Firefox's revamped browser gets support for five more extensions (APK download)

Mozilla has been working on a rethought version of Firefox for Android for more than a year already, and things are starting to fall into place. In February, the browser received support for its first add-on, and now, two months later, Mozilla has announced that the Nightly release of the Preview software works with five more extensions.

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New Firefox Beta based on redesigned Preview version is rolling out widely (APK download)

However many versions of Firefox you think there are on the Play Store, I can almost guarantee there are more. One of the numerous Firefox builds is getting a major update, and that signals big changes for the other versions. The Firefox Preview app that first launched last year is now moving into the Nightly channel. In the coming months, the old Firefox could be a thing of the past.

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Firefox Preview 4.0 published with top sites, password manager, and in-app language switcher (Update: APK Download)

Mozilla has been working on a brand-new version of Firefox for Android for a long time now, and it looks like the company is doing its best to get the pre-release software ready for the stable launch. The latest version of Firefox Preview, 4.0.0, adds comfort features such as top sites, Mozilla's password manager, and an in-app language switcher.

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The new Firefox will have limited extension support when it launches

Mozilla has been working on its almost completely rewritten Firefox for Android app for about a year already. At the moment, the open-source project is receiving finishing touches so it can enter the stable release channel in spring. The company has now communicated that the browser won't get full add-on support at launch and will only work with about 100 recommended extensions.

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Firefox Preview 3.0 comes with enhanced tracking protection, optional toolbar on top, and more (Update: APK Download)

Mozilla has been working on a brand new version of Firefox for Android based on a revised rendering engine for some time and aims to publish it to the stable channel next year. For now though, Firefox Preview 3.0 has arrived, and it brings along enhanced tracking protection, an updated overflow menu, the ability to move the navigation bar to the top, and many other improvements.

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Firefox on desktop will hide notification permission popups in 2020, may come to Android later

Firefox is among the most recognized browsers across desktop and mobile platforms, even though Chrome enjoys a larger userbase. What makes the Mozilla browser stand out is its plethora of privacy and security features. Soon joining this list is a new feature that will hide those annoying notification popups by default on the desktop app, while Firefox for Android may have to wait a little longer.

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Firefox Preview 2.0 adds search widget and playback control notifications [APK Download]

As you may know by now, Mozilla has halted development of the stable Firefox release on Android, only adding security patches at the moment. The company is instead focusing on its next-generation browser, Firefox Preview, slated to replace its aging counterpart before the end of this year. A big update to version 2.0 adds a number of features to the new browser, like a search widget, a notification with audio/video playback controls, and various usability enhancements. Add-ons are not yet available, sadly.

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Mozilla's next-generation Firefox for Android enters public beta

The current Firefox for Android browser is feature-packed, with tons of security features and support for extensions, but it has never quite matched the performance that Chrome offers. Mozilla has spent the past few months working on a brand new browser for mobile, nicknamed 'Fenix,' and now it has entered public beta.

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