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Mozilla Firefox Preview, new Firefox browser, is available on Google Play

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  1. [4]
    ainar-g
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    Does anybody know, what does it mean for Firefox Focus? Are they going to continue supporting it, abandon it, or rebuild it on top of this Fenix thing?

    Does anybody know, what does it mean for Firefox Focus? Are they going to continue supporting it, abandon it, or rebuild it on top of this Fenix thing?

    5 votes
    1. Sheep
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      Firefox Focus is a completely different product, so I wouldn't worry about them abandoning it, especially because it's one of their most popular mobile browsers. Fenix is a complete rewrite (or...

      Firefox Focus is a completely different product, so I wouldn't worry about them abandoning it, especially because it's one of their most popular mobile browsers.

      Fenix is a complete rewrite (or should I say complete reinvention, since it's literally built from nothing) of the regular Firefox browser (I suspect it will also eventually replace the regular Firefox, but I had a Mozilla employee tell me directly that this isn't confirmed, so I guess we can only wait and see) meant to be a full fledged browser whereas Firefox Focus is just a stripped down version of Firefox with no history, no syncing and no bookmarks that's mostly useful for one off searches or opening a random link someone sent you.

      So given the two pretty different usages, I can't imagine them getting rid of Firefox Focus.

      7 votes
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      timo
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      I've read somewhere that quite some of the rewritten parts for Fenix come more or less directly from Firefox Focus. Don't have a source though.

      I've read somewhere that quite some of the rewritten parts for Fenix come more or less directly from Firefox Focus. Don't have a source though.

      3 votes
      1. dblohm7
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        Not exactly. They both use our Web Components framework for building browser UIs. Focus has started offering GeckoView as an option instead of Android WebView, whereas Fenix is 100% GeckoView.

        Not exactly. They both use our Web Components framework for building browser UIs. Focus has started offering GeckoView as an option instead of Android WebView, whereas Fenix is 100% GeckoView.

        6 votes
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    9000
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    Does anyone know if this will supplant the current Firefox for Android when it reaches stable in June? Or will it be released under a separate name? Because suddenly losing all my extensions would...

    Fenix, which is a codename, is a new browser for Android by Mozilla that will replace the current Firefox web browser for Android eventually.

    The release version of the new browser won't support all features of the current Firefox browser for Android. Extensions support is planned but won't be supported in early stable versions of the browser.

    Does anyone know if this will supplant the current Firefox for Android when it reaches stable in June? Or will it be released under a separate name? Because suddenly losing all my extensions would be a little annoying.

    4 votes
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      Keegan
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      I really hope it doesn't replace the current Firefox. It seems very bloated, taking 225 mb of space on a fresh install. I also like the current Firefox's design more. If anybody knows the username...

      I really hope it doesn't replace the current Firefox. It seems very bloated, taking 225 mb of space on a fresh install. I also like the current Firefox's design more.

      If anybody knows the username of the person here who works for Mozilla, can you ping them? I don't know their role there, but maybe they have some info that they are allowed to share.

      2 votes
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        1. dblohm7
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          The plan is to eventually replace Fennec with Fenix but not immediately. Also keep in mind that current Fenix builds are still pre-release. Lots of important work is still being done before the...

          The plan is to eventually replace Fennec with Fenix but not immediately.

          Also keep in mind that current Fenix builds are still pre-release. Lots of important work is still being done before the MVP release.

          5 votes
  3. joelthelion
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    I really like the current Firefox for Android. Full-featured with extensions and ad block, support for Firefox sync, etc. I really hope they don't wreck it! This article doesn't say much about why...

    I really like the current Firefox for Android. Full-featured with extensions and ad block, support for Firefox sync, etc. I really hope they don't wreck it!

    This article doesn't say much about why they are doing this. Any insight?

    3 votes
  4. JXM
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    I jump back and forth between iOS and Android every few months, but for years I've used Firefox as my default browser when I'm using Android. I used Fenix when they first started making public...

    I jump back and forth between iOS and Android every few months, but for years I've used Firefox as my default browser when I'm using Android.

    I used Fenix when they first started making public builds available and while it was missing a lot of features, it seemed like a solid move forward for Firefox on mobile.

    It was snappy and I much prefer the address bar on the bottom. I wish Safari and others would copy that feature. It just makes sense that the most used interface element would be right where my finger naturally rests when I'm using the phone.

    I haven't seen any word on whether or not extensions will work with this version as well but I hope they will. I really like being able to run uBlock Origin on both mobile and desktop.

    3 votes