Mozilla zeroes in on privacy with new Android browser

Browsing on Android? This new Firefox browser blocks ad trackers and boosts privacy

Mozilla had introduced Firefox Focus on the iOS a year ago.

Firefox Focus can also be set up to be the default browser for Android, which is something that cannot be done with the iOS version.

The browser is intentionally barebones. There are no tabs, you just erase your browsing session with a simple tap. Today, Firefox Focus is finally available for Android users to check out in the Google Play Store. Firefox Focus taps in the blocklist database offered by Disconnect to disable ads that track online activity.

Mozilla describes Focus as offering "next-level privacy" and for the curious-minded it provides a live counter that shows how many ads have been blocked on a site.

"Why do we block these ad trackers?"

Previous versions of Firefox used a single process to run multiple tabs in a browser, unlike browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, and Edge, which use several independent processes.

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You can download Firefox Focus free of charge from Google Play.

There's also an option to switch off the tracker blocker if it stops sites loading properly.

Users can also choose to Block other content trackers, but be warned that choosing to do so might break some videos and Web pages.

Focus earned a "good" rating in PCMag's review of the iOS version.

Unfortunately, its lack of tabs in favor of simplicity is something that makes it less usable than competitive browsers - tabs are so common that it's hard to go without them. You will also notice that the Android version is a little different than the iOS version in the fact that there are features in the Android version not found in the iOS version.

Firefox Focus is not necessarily created to be a main browser but rather in the spirit of Microsoft's "buying your wife an anniversary present" sentiment. The next logical step is to bring in more users. Bermes said that Firefox Focus uses the default Android WebView, which uses Webkit.

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