Firefox exec: 2018 is going to be a big year for mobile

Mozilla has been active with its Firefox web browser on mobile, even creating a slimmed down version called Focus for iOS and Android. The development team has gotten numerous requests for new features, which ultimately resulted in the latest addition, the ability to block website tracking. According to Barbara Bermes, product manager for Firefox Mobile, that's just the beginning, as the company has big plans for 2018.

"Mobile will be huge for Mozilla in 2018 and we will see how much of that we want to include in Firefox, Focus or even other apps," Bermes told Neowin in an interview. "As it relates in particular to Focus, we want to be the trusted browser providing the most privacy by design and by default. The idea is to include smart defaults that address privacy concerns while not sacrificing performance or convenience."

She said that while Firefox and Focus overlap a bit, the slimmed-down nature of Focus means that it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the more full-featured browser. "2018 will be the year where we want to get another Quantum-like improvement, this time for mobile," she said. "It’s the year to grow and expand our mobile ecosystem."

Bermes, who has been with Mozilla for two-and-a-half years, talked extensively about the product and the team's plans for the future. You can also find out how her doctor gets involved in the process. If you missed it, be sure to check out the full interview.

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