Firefox for Android Beta launched


Introduces a set of customisation features for users and APIs for developers.

Firefox for Android Beta has been launched, introducing a new set of customisation features for Android users as well as APIs for developers. These new features are unique to Firefox for Android Beta and offer users more personalisation options and even greater control over their web experience.

The new set of APIs transforms and extends the potential of homescreen pages, giving add-on developers the tools they need to build a whole new class of add-ons into the Firefox for Android Beta user experience. Add-on developers can use these APIs to create their own homescreen pages, giving them a dedicated space where they can entice users to interact with their add-ons.

Users can customise their home screen pages to see the seb content they want from a variety of websites, feeds and services. Just some of the websites, feeds and services that Mozilla has been experimenting with include Instagram, Pocket, Vimeo and Wikipedia. Users can now experience these in Firefox for Android Beta.

Android lovers can pick and choose which homescreen page appears as the default, re-order pages, hide unwanted pages or hide all pages for a completely clean new tab experience. They can also now install new homescreen pages for testing, in the same way all add-ons are installed from the settings menu under tools and add-ons. The pages can also be installed from the home screen panels collection on the Mozilla add-ons website.

Mozilla has also added a feature to Firefox for Android Beta that enables users to easily switch between languages without restarting the browser. The feature allows us to offer 54 language options, which a user can switch between regardless of the locales supported by their Android device.

Mozilla says it created this feature in direct response to user demand, working alongside its community of volunteer localisation contributors to deliver it.

Developers and users of Firefox for Android Beta are being asked to provide feedback on usability and bugs back to Mozilla.


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