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Old 08-28-2020, 07:40 PM   #1
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Firefox Mobile Redesigned.


My FIrefox on my two Android devices (phone and tabled) updated to the new version (79.0.5) over the past couple of days.

I must say, it's a great improvement over the previous version. Not only is it faster (though probably not the fastest, it's now acceptable), the interface is greatly simplified and improved. It is now a more conventional interface, much friendlier than the previous one.

It also has enhanced privacy and tracking protection.

I have not used Firefox for Android very often, because of the clunky interface and--er---questionable design decisions that went into it. I'll probably start using it more often now.

(As an aside, I chose to put this in General, not in Mobile, because it's not really a technical question, but merely a bit of news.)
 
Old 08-28-2020, 10:14 PM   #2
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I saw the redesign, but I haven't used it enough to say whether I like it. I use Firefox as my only Android browser because I like Firefox, and use it on all my devices, including my chromebook. The sync feature is nice, and I like having the Pushbullet extension available. I try to avoid using my phone as a browsing device, but sometimes there is little other choice.
 
Old 08-29-2020, 04:02 AM   #3
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I've been using Fennec F-Droid for years.
IMO it's as comfortable and usable as (advanced) browsing can be on a 5" slab of glass.
It's one of the few Android software that allows me to close it completely, from its menu, allowing me to choose which data to clear, just like desktop FF. Plus all the other advantages of using FF-based browsers: full control through about:config and/or addons. Noscript etc.
It's at 68.11.0esr now.

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I try to avoid using my phone as a browsing device, but sometimes there is little other choice.
This.

Edit: some screenshots. Is this worse than your brand new FF?
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:45 PM   #4
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I saw the redesign, but I haven't used it enough to say whether I like it. I use Firefox as my only Android browser because I like Firefox,
I like Firefox also, and I respect Mozilla's approach to privacy, though I will admit they have made mistakes from time to time (and so have I!). But I found their mobile implementation to be deficient, that is, annoying to use, in many ways--until now.

I've found the new implementation takes a bit of getting used to (but then all new applications do), because it's so different from the old Firefox for Android. Today I found the "delete private data" setting and enabled it (that's one of the features about Firefox for Android that I really like).

For years, my primary browser on Android has been the "Naked Browser" (so called because of the lack of overhead), which has a similar "delete private data on exit" setting.

But I think I'll be using the new mobile Firefox much more frequently than the old one.
 
  


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