Mozilla's privacy-focused web browser, Firefox Focus, launched for iOS back in 2016 and it lacked many basic features at the time. Since then, the app has been released on Android as well, attracting a fair share of users and gaining new features as it goes. Today, Focus continues to grow with even more features that help bring it up to par with full-fledged browsers and a new partnership to bring in more users.
First off, the ability to find specific words in a web page. This is one of those basic elements that was missing in the browser, but it's finally here, and it works as you'd expect: tap the "find in page" option in the menu, enter the keywords you're looking for and use the arrows to navigate through the existing matches.
The new feature also works when viewing the desktop version of a website, which is another new feature for the browser. If you're visiting a website that's poorly optimized for mobile devices, you can now request the desktop website in Firefox Focus.
Mozilla has also done work on the Custom Tabs feature for Android devices, which creates a customized interface when opening links from third-party apps. This means that if you open a link from the Twitter app, for instance, the browser window will show a similar theme to that of the app. Mozilla has also made it possible to share this experience by long-pressing the URL, which will copy it to the clipboard.
iOS users, on the other hand, can look forward to biometric security for opening and resuming Firefox Focus. You can set up the browser to require fingerprint or facial authentication every time it is resumed from the background so that no one else can access your browsing data.
Lastly, Mozilla is announcing that its privacy browser is now included as part of the Locker app on the BlackBerry KEY2 - a pretty interesting device according to our own Rich Woods. BlackBerry emphasizes the privacy and security of its customers, and the inclusion of a browser like Focus seems like a natural step to take in protecting user data.