Firefox to Launch Preview Browser

Firefox Preview uses the GeckoView engine built on the basis of Firefox Quantum and team states its 2x faster than previous Firefox browser for Android
28 June 2019   1397

Mozilla introduced the first trial release of the Firefox Preview browser, developed under the codename Fenix ​​and aimed at initial testing by interested enthusiasts. The release is distributed through the Google Play catalog, and the code is available on GitHub. After stabilization of the project and implementation of all conceived functionality, the browser will replace the current edition of Firefox for Android, the release of which will be discontinued starting with the September release of Firefox 69 (only corrective updates of the Firefox 68 ESR branch will be published).

Firefox Preview uses the GeckoView engine built on the basis of Firefox Quantum technologies and a set of Mozilla Android Components libraries, which are already used to build Firefox Focus and Firefox Lite browsers. GeckoView is a version of the Gecko engine, designed as a separate library that can be updated independently, and Android Components includes libraries with typical components that provide tabbed browsing, automatic input completion, search hints, and other browser features.

Firefox Preview
Firefox Preview

These are some features developers claim their app has:

  • Faster than ever: Firefox Preview is up to 2x faster than previous versions of Firefox for Android.
  • Fast by design: with a minimalist start screen and bottom navigation bar, Preview helps you get more done on the go.
  • Stay organized: Make sense of the web with Collections, a new feature that helps you save, organize, and share collections of sites. Quickly save and return to tasks like your morning routine, shopping lists, travel planning and more.
  • Tracking Protection on by default: Everyone deserves freedom from invasive advertising trackers and other bad actors so Firefox Preview blocks trackers by default. The result is faster browsing and fewer annoyances.

 

Firefox Preview to Get Add-Ons Support

This is the new mobile browser that is based on the GeckoView engine and the Mozilla Android Components library set
06 February 2020   518

Mozilla developers have added support for add-ons to the codebase of the Firefox Preview mobile browser (Fenix), which is being developed to replace the Firefox edition for the Android platform. The new browser is based on the GeckoView engine and the Mozilla Android Components library set.

The ability to connect add-ons based on the WebExtension API is available for testing in the nightly builds of Firefox Preview. The item "Add-ons Manager" appeared in the menu, which shows the add-ons available for installation. In its current form, only uBlock Origin is present in the list of add-ons compatible with Firefox Preview. Support for other add-ons is expected later.

Get more at the official blog.