Firefox

High-performance free and open source web browser

4.4

101 Votes

  • Category Browsing
  • License Free
  • Version beta_51.0
  • Size 36 MB
  • Works under Android
  • Also available for Windows 
  • Language English
  • Content rating Everyone
  • Package name org.mozilla.firefox
  • Author Mozilla

Firefox Browser for Android is the mobile version of the very popular Firefox desktop browser. The fact that it is a mobile app does not mean that it lacks the power of the desktop program. You can sign in to your Firefox account to easily synchronize your bookmarks, saved passwords, and other preferences between your computer and your mobile phone. Much of the functionality of the full browser is intact--you can open multiple tabs at once, search pages for a certain text or keyword, print, use incognito browsing tabs, and even request desktop versions of certain web pages. Reader view allows you to read pages more easily on your small screen, even granting you control of font family, font size, and background colors.

Firefox for mobile delivers the same quality of programming that users have comes to expect from Mozilla. Pages with complex Javascript run effortlessly, scrolling is seamless, and navigation is simple. The menu options are intuitive and easy to access. Links to commonly view pages cover the navigation screen, and you can even select a home page. Links to pages can easily be shared through a variety of apps, including Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Email, and more.

Pros

  • A powerful cross-platform browser which supports multiple languages and operating systems.
  • Effortlessly renders even the most complex Javascript and page animations.
  • Request Desktop versions of any web page.
  • Supports incognito browsing (no history or cookie storage).
  • Easy to learn and intuitive to use controls and menu options.
  • Manage multiple tabs at once and view commonly-accessed pages through the navigation screen.
  • Sync your bookmarks, saved passwords, and preferences between your desktop computer and mobile devices using your Firefox account.

Cons

  • The mobile version of the app does not include even a rudimentary debugging tool for mobile page programming.

* Simplified panels by combining “Recent Tabs” into “History” panel

* Support of HLS videos via player overlay

Potentially dangerous permissions

  • ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
  • CAMERA: Required to be able to access the camera device.
  • GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
  • READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
  • RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.

Other permissions

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
  • ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
  • INSTALL_SHORTCUT: Allows an application to install a shortcut in Launcher.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • NFC: Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC.
  • READ_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to read the sync settings.
  • READ_SYNC_STATS: Allows applications to read the sync stats.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
  • SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
  • UNINSTALL_SHORTCUT: This permission is no longer supported.
  • VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • WRITE_SETTINGS: Allows an application to read or write the system settings.
  • WRITE_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to write the sync settings.
  • android.permission.AUTHENTICATE_ACCOUNTS
  • android.permission.DOWNLOAD_WITHOUT_NOTIFICATION
  • android.permission.MANAGE_ACCOUNTS
  • android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS
  • com.android.browser.permission.READ_HISTORY_BOOKMARKS
  • com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
  • org.mozilla.firefox_fxaccount.permission.PER_ACCOUNT_TYPE
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