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Firefox 60 now available for Android, brings Quantum CSS engine to mobile

Near the end of last year, Mozilla released Firefox 57, nicknamed 'Firefox Quantum.' It was the culmination of several major development efforts, including an upgraded Gecko engine with components written in the super-fast Rust programming language. The changes allowed Firefox to finally match (or even exceed) Chrome in speed and performance.

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Mozilla working on in-page popup blocker for Firefox

The days of native popups in browsers are long gone, but sites still frequently use in-page alerts like the one above. They are completely useless most of the time, and usually violate the Better Ads Standards (potentially causing the site to lose revenue from Chrome users). While Firefox isn't outright blocking ads on some sites like Chrome is, the browser's developers are working on a blocker for these popups.

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[Update: More details] Firefox 58 hits the stable channel, includes home screen support for Progressive Web Apps and FLAC playback [APK Download]

We've been hearing about Firefox version 58 for a while now, first with news back in October last year that the update would improve its Progressive Web Apps implementation and let you add them to your home screen. That functionality arrived in the beta channel in November, along with FLAC support plus Bengali and Nepali locales. All of this is now coming to the stable release, which is beginning to roll out to users.

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Firefox 58 beta brings Progressive Web Apps, FLAC support, and more [APK Download]

Over a month ago, it was revealed that Firefox 58 would allow Progressive Web Apps to be added to the home screen. The Firefox 58 beta has made that a reality, and it's also brought with it some more new features, including FLAC support and two new locales. However, the Firefox Search widget is gone from the home screen.

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Firefox 58 will let you add Progressive Web Apps to the home screen

In case you aren't familiar with them, Progressive Web Apps are web apps tailored to function like native applications. They're designed to be fast and work offline, with the ability to be added to the home screen. Chrome has been leading the charge on PWAs for a while now, most recently allowing them to be installed to the app drawer, just like native applications.

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Mozilla is testing another new browser called Firefox Rocket, specifically for Indonesia [APK Download]

Mozilla has been pretty busy recently. Last month it updated its main browser, Firefox, with a much needed modern UI makeover, and back in the summer it launched a completely new browser, Firefox Focus. It's much simpler and faster than the standard Firefox app, and it's much more privacy conscious, too, with no tabs and automatic blocking of ads and trackers. There's also a Germany-specific version called Klar.

The company isn't taking a break anytime soon either, and a new unreleased app has popped up on the Play Store. Firefox Rocket appears to be similar to Focus, except it's specifically built for Indonesia and rather than privacy, the key USPs are that it's lightweight and fast, perfect for a region where mobile data and Wi-Fi aren't so cheap or easy to come by.

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Firefox 57 beta arrives with new UI, revamped new tab page, and incognito keyboard support [APK Download]

A couple of days ago Mozilla announced its biggest update to its desktop browser in a long while with the Firefox 57 beta, bringing the speed boosts of the long-awaited Project Quantum. We already knew the Android version wouldn't be quite so revolutionary, but it's here now, and there are a couple of notable changes nonetheless.

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Not all of Mozilla's 'Project Quantum' enhancements will arrive in Firefox 57 for Android

Firefox 57 is the browser's biggest update in years, for several reasons. The interface is being revamped, legacy add-ons are being dropped, and Firefox's rendering engine is getting a speed boost. If you were hoping for a much quicker browser on Android, you'll have to wait a while longer - not all of the speed enhancements will arrive on Firefox 57 for Android.

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Firefox Nightly for Android has an improved bookmark manager

Firefox 57 is the biggest revamp to Mozilla's browser since Firefox 4. Not only will v57 drop support for legacy add-ons, but it's expected to include massive changes to the interface and some performance boosts. We already covered the design changes to the Android browser, but now the bookmark manager is getting a facelift too.

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Firefox Focus v1.1 adds support for downloads, improves the persistent notification, and more [APK Download]

We first covered Firefox Focus when it was under development for Android, and it was publicly released last month. Focus is a simple web browser with privacy as the number one priority thanks to features like tracker blockers and a button to wipe all session data. Focus 1.1 was just released and adds a few badly-needed features.

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