The Firefox for Android browser is packed with security features and support for extensions, but it has never achieved the performance Chrome has to offer. Mozilla has been working on a brand new browser for mobile phones nicknamed "Fenix" in recent months and has now entered the public beta.
The new Firefox for Android has been publicly available for a few months under the name "Fenix" "Firefox Preview" According to Mozilla, the browser is up to twice as fast as the current Firefox for Android and offers default protection against tracking scripts , The UI has been completely redesigned, with a lower address bar and a collection function for organizing websites. And yes, it has a dark mode.
Under the hood, the new version uses GeckoView, a modified version of Firefox's desktop rendering engine, which is designed to be easily embedded (much like Android apps can use embedded instances of Chrome). The company said, "Creating Firefox for Android on GeckoView also provides greater flexibility in terms of the privacy and security features we can offer our mobile users, with GeckoView enabling us to develop faster, safer, and more user-friendly browsers delivering unprecedented performance. "Expansion support is not there yet, but developers have told us that it's being worked on.
Mozilla hopes to replace the current version of Firefox in the fall with the new browser. As mentioned earlier, the current Firefox for Android will go into maintenance mode next month and not get any new features. The development of Firefox Focus is also suspended.
You can test the Firefox preview by following the link below.