Mozilla launches its privacy-protecting Firefox Focus web browser on Android

In November, Mozilla introduced Firefox Focus, a mobile web browser that it said was "designed to be fast, simple and always private." It launched exclusively for iPhones and iPads last year, but today, Mozilla is bringing Firefox Focus to Android devices too.

"Like the iPhone and iPad version," it said today, "the Android app is free of tabs and other visual clutter, and erasing your sessions is as easy as a simple tap." The app also blocks ad trackers, "because they not only track your behavior without your knowledge, they also slow down the web on your mobile device," Mozilla added.

For Mozilla's release of Firefox Focus on Android, it explained that it's added these features to the browser:

  • 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.

Mozilla claims Focus will provide "a great default browser experience," adding:

Since we support both custom tabs and the ability to disable the ad blocking as needed, it works great with apps like Facebook when you just want to read an article without being tracked. We built Focus to empower you on the mobile web, and we will continue to introduce new features that make our products even better.

You can get a further overview of Firefox Focus for Android in the video below:

Download: Firefox Focus (Google Play)
Source: Mozilla Blog

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