Regardless of still being among the big names in the web browser market, Firefox has had a hard time to increase its share on mobile, especially on Android. The strategy of Google is to install Chrome on every certified device, a technique that was legally questioned in Europe. Another part of that is the viewed stagnancy of the mobile app and its slower performance, which Mozilla is dealing with by bearing Firefox for Android and replacing it with Firefox Preview on Android.
Mozilla revealed Firefox Preview, a pilot of its new Android browser. At the same time, Mozilla has put on hold the Firefox Focus for Android development.
Firefox Preview, which is powered by Mozilla’s GeckoView engine going to change the existing Firefox for the Android mobile app. On the surface, Firefox Preview appears like a combination of routine Firefox and Firefox Focus, Mozilla’s privacy-focused mobile internet browser. Mozilla understood that while users appreciated the speed and privacy functions of Focus, they missed the complete functions of a routine browser. With Firefox Preview, Mozilla to provide that and more.
On the desktop, Firefox is the second most popular internet browser after Chrome. Though the 10% desktop market share is held by Firefox but on mobile, it has less than 0.5% share as per Net Applications. Despite routine releases together with the desktop internet browser over the years, Firefox’s mobile share has not enhanced.
Sneak peek is now based on Focus’ GeckoView web engine, which Mozilla promotes is not just quicker however permits it to be more flexible in adding features, particularly privacy-related ones. It particularly mentions how utilizing GeckoView keeps it independent from how Google is almost managing the mobile web through browsers that all use its Blink (Chrome) engine.
End users, nevertheless, may be more thinking about some of the more visible features aside from speed. The UI, for example, is developed to be minimal an easy to utilize with a bottom navigation bar. Firefox Preview likewise features Collections to groups regularly went to sites and even share them with others.
Mozilla promises Firefox Preview to use the following features:
- Trackers blocked by default. Liberty from intrusive advertising trackers and other bad actors, leading to fewer annoyances and faster surfing.
- Two times faster than previous versions of Firefox for Android.
- Shot start screen and the bottom URL bar.
- Collections, a brand-new function that helps you save, organize, and share collections of websites. Save and return to tasks like your early morning regimen, wish list, travel preparation, and more.
Mozilla stated that developing the Fire for Android on GeckoView web Engine provides flexibility for privacy and security features that they can offer to their mobile users, and they have the ability to build faster, safe and secure and easy to use internet browsers.
On iPads and iPhones, Apple forbids the usage of any browser engines other than its WebKit. That implies Firefox Preview can’t be launched for Apple mobile phones.