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A look at the new version of the Firefox browser for Android

Firefox is one of the oldest browsers on the scene if the first version of it dates back to 2002 and therefore it enjoys the confidence of many Internet surfers despite the increase in competition and the superiority of other browsers such as Google Chrome and Edge Chromium in terms of the total number of users, but Firefox maintains its own popularity among users Browser on computers, but this popularity did not prevent him when he entered the field of smart phones.

As the Android version of the browser did not succeed and it carried many problems besides the very slow performance and therefore it was stopped by Mozilla and then the announcement of a project to re-launch it again after its full development, and after many experimental versions, the stable version of the browser was released again and updated all the way. For version 80 for Android devices, so we will give an overview of the browser after trying it and explain the most important and prominent changes that have occurred to it.

Android phone users can download the browser for free through the “Play Store” application store, and after downloading and installing the browser for the first time, you will feel a great similarity with the browser version for desktop devices in terms of colors, options and settings, which seems intentional as Mozilla seeks to convey the most prominent features of the version. Browser for computers that are not provided by alternative browsers to smartphones, such as support for add-ons and some other new features that we will learn about in detail in the next lines.

Of course, the browser includes many options and settings that are found in other smart phone browsers, but through that list we will focus only on the new features of the browser in addition to the features that are not available in other browsers on smart phone systems.

Install plugins

From my point of view, it is the most important feature of the browser after its update, as the rest of the smartphone browsers do not provide a direct way to install external add-ons that add a lot of features and increase the capabilities of the browsers, as is the case with computer browsers, but despite the support of a limited number of add-ons in Firefox, it is increasing The number of additions from one version to the other, as the matter started with supporting only three additions, up to ten additions in the latest version No. 80.

By clicking on the main menu icon “the three dots icon next to the address bar” and then clicking on the “Add-ons” option, by pressing the “+ everywhere” sign, you can install one of the supported extensions, most notably the “ublock” ad blocker and add a secure connection “HTTPS” As well as adding “YouTube HD” to raise the quality of videos on YouTube, as well as adding “Dark Reader” to activate dark mode on websites and many other add-ons that you can discover on your own, in addition to Mozilla’s intention to support more additions in the coming versions of the browser.

After installing any add-on, you can access that add-on individually and control its options and settings by going to the menu and then the “Add-ons” option again, and you will find an option for the name of the add-on to appear, and by clicking on it, you can see the add-on’s settings and control it and operate it or deactivate it temporarily if You want, you can also go to the “Add-ons Manager” option to remove installed add-ons and view their permissions, settings, and control them completely.

Interface adjustments and dark mode

By default, you will find that the address bar is located at the bottom of the screen and next to it is the main menu of the browser in a very simple interface, but by going to the settings through the main menu and then the option “Customize”, the browser provides the ability to change the location of the address bar at the top of the screen with a few other options such as activating the dark mode For the browser through the option “Dark” or “Light”, in addition to linking the color of the browser to the settings of the system interface itself, to activate the dark mode automatically, it has activated the system and vice versa, but that option is only available in the Android 10 version, which supports dark mode without the previous ones.

“Collections” property

One of the important features that has been transferred from the PC version, where while you are browsing you can save any or all of the currently open tabs to a new “collection” folder by clicking on the tabs icon at the bottom, then the “Save to Collection” option, and then you will have to select the tab or The tabs that you want to save by clicking on any of them to get the “” mark next to the tab and then pressing “Save” to save after completing the selection.

After that, you will have to specify the name of the folder, and in the case of a “collection” already created, you will find an option to either add tabs for that folder or create new ones and add tabs to it. It is possible to access all the “collections” that you have created and browse them by opening a new tab and you will find a list of each of them, and next to any folder you will find a list of options in which you can rename, delete, share or add a new tab to it.

Automatically open links in incognito mode

Another great feature, as the browser provides the ability to open links automatically in an incognito mode without the need to activate it manually, which is great if you want to browse a site and want to make sure that that site will not save or collect any information from or to your phone or record browsing data, just click Go to the settings, then the “Private Browsing” option, then from the inside activate the “Open links in a private tab” option. After that, make sure that Firefox is selected as the default browser for the system and when you open the links from any other application, they will be opened through Firefox in incognito mode.

It is also possible to add a shortcut to the home screen to open the browser in incognito mode through the “Add private browsing shortcut” option. You can also set the screen capture to incognito mode through the “Allow Screenshots” option.

Control the opening of links in default applications

In my opinion, one of the best settings in the browser, sometimes we want to browse the website of a service through the web interface and not the application for that service, but some of those services when opened from the browser are opened and automatically redirected to their own application, which is sometimes annoying, especially since the web interface for some These services sometimes provide some additional settings that are not available in the service application.

Therefore, by going to the settings and then the “Advanced” section below, you can deactivate the “Open links in apps” option. Therefore, when you open a link, for example, on YouTube from within the browser, it will not run in the YouTube application on the phone, but it will work in the browser and you can activate the option again when you need it to open the links Its own app.

Reading mode

Also one of the features available in the desktop version, where by clicking on the Reading Mode icon next to the page title, a copy of the page will be downloaded that contains important texts and images from the content of the page while removing any other additional elements that are useless so that you can read the content better.

While opening the reading mode, by pressing the main menu icon, you will find the “Appearance” option, through which you can control the text by enlarging or reducing the font size and changing the background color from among the three available modes so that you can read comfortably, and after completion you can press the mode icon Reading again until you return to the regular version of the site, it is worth noting that sometimes you may not find this icon available, which means that the site you are currently browsing does not comply with that feature.

Tracking Protection

The websites carry out all the information about users while browsing for various purposes, but if you do not accept this command, you can through Firefox quickly modify the settings by clicking on the “Tracking Protection” icon to the left of the address bar. Then you can either activate or deactivate preventing tracking. Using “Enhanced Tracking Protection” option, as well as viewing the tracking elements on the page through “Tracking Content”.

Also, through the “Protection Settings” option below, you can adjust settings to prevent tracking through three modes, which are “Standard” or “Strict” mode, or specify your own settings through the “Custom” mode. You can also exclude certain sites from the tracking prevention settings via “Exceptions” below, which will be very useful if your tracking blocking settings are causing you trouble browsing a site.

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