Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Mozilla zeroes in on privacy with new Android browser

Mozilla zeroes in on privacy with new Android browser

"After Focus on iOS launched, it didn't take long for our Android users to ask for the same browser for Android", Barbara Bermes, product manager for Firefox Mobile at Mozilla told eWEEK.

Firefox Focus first debuted on Apple's IOS mobile operating system in November 2016 providing a privacy-focused browser for iPhone and iPads. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising.

Now Firefox Focus has landed on Android. Firefox Focus has been very well received on iOS and users have always been waiting for Mozilla to release it for Android.

Like the iOS version, Firefox Focus remains a minimalistic browser experience. Mobile web pages are often slowed down by trackers, and often more so than desktop pages, given that the former load on less powerful devices and on poorer internet connections. With Firefox Focus, privacy and ad-tracker blocking are automatic.

One of the most prominent features of the app is that it blocks ads that track a user's online activity. You can disable the Ad Blocker whenever you want.

Firefox Focus uses the same blocking list as Firefox's Private Browsing mode on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The Android release brings new features, such as the ability to disable tracking on certain websites for increased compatibility, a counter to track the number of blocked ads per site, and a notification that allows you to scrub your browsing history with one tap if you've left it running in the background. It's also troubled by its choice of Yahoo a target="_blank" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mozilla.focus" rel="noopener" *launching today on Google Play as a free download.

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