Mozilla's Firefox Focus has finally made its way to Android following a November release on iOS. The browser promises a more privacy-oriented experience, cutting out ad trackers and deleting browsing history with a single tap.
It's a response to the growing concern over the safety of user data, and the knock on effect is a faster browsing experience and tiny file size. The app also reduces visual clutter, though the catch is the cutting of some features.
Firefox Focus users won't be able to open multiple tabs, for example, or install extensions. That makes it a tough sell for users who use their phone for productivity but should be fine for opening occasional links from social media.
New Firefox Focus Features on Android
Thankfully, this is more than a simple port to a different platform. The Android version of Firefox Focus introduces some new features to enhance the experience:
- “Ad tracker counter – For the curious, there's a counter to list the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app.
- Disable tracker blocker – For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to quickly take care of it and get back to where you've left off.
- Notification reminder – When Focus is running in the background, we'll remind you through a notification and you can easily tap to erase your browsing history.”
It's a great start for those who are more conscious about privacy and presents enough simplicity to attract new users.