After more than a year of development, Mozilla today released the Android version of Firefox 79 and named it Firefox Daylight.
Firefox Daylight is marking a new beginning for its Android browser.The new version is a completely revised, faster and more convenient product.
Firefox Daylight’s new features include:
enhanced default tracking protection, a new user interface, Mozilla’s own mobile browser engine GeckoView, and a series of new features. Mozilla will launch a new Android version of Firefox worldwide, which has already started in Germany, France and the UK, and will be launched in North America on August 27.
In recent years, Firefox has continuously enhanced tracking protection, preventing third-party trackers from accessing cookies and storage. Enhanced tracking protection is enabled by default on Android. Ad trackers will be blocked in standard mode, but users can use Strict or custom options to further customize their privacy settings.
The new Android version of Firefox has a completely revised user interface. Most importantly, it is customizable. Users can set the URL bar at the top or bottom (default), easily switch between light and dark theme modes, and so on.
According to Mozilla’s data, Firefox has approximately 200 million active users, which makes it the main platform considered by web developers. But this number has been steadily declining over the years. In addition, according to Net Applications data, users are unlikely to change the default browser used on mobile devices, and Firefox only has less than 1% market share. This is why the company decided to re-design the layout of Firefox Android browser.