Mozilla is taking steps to reinvent Firefox for Android users. A test version of Firefox Preview has already been made available to download in the Google PlayStore. So if you want, you can test the application now.
Firefox Preview is known to have several features which have been borrowed from Firefox Focus which is a lean mobile browser developed for productivity and privacy.
Both the browsers are known to use the same GeckoView engine. Most of the mobile browsers sue Blink which is the engine used by Google Chrome. However, Mozilla has claimed that using GeckoView gives them more independence as it is no longer limited by preferences set by Google. Most of these preferences are set by Google in order to benefit their commercial interests.
“Building Firefox for Android on GeckoView also results in greater flexibility in terms of the types of privacy and security features we can offer our mobile users.”
Simple and sleek
Firefox Preview has borrowed various design cues from Firefox Focus. This includes uncluttered and minimalist design. It also provides you with a choice of dark or light interfaces. You can choose this manually on your own. This is, however, not available on Firefox Focus.
Other than this you can also find many other significant differences between the two browsers. One of the most noticeable difference is the URL bar. It appears at the bottom of the screen and not on the top. This actually takes a bit longer to get used to it. However, it definitely makes it easier for you to concentrate on the content that you are reading. You also have a pull-tab above the URL bar option. It provides you quick links for bookmarking or sharing the current page that you are browsing.
The new feature Collections allows you to save a set of related sites in a named group so that you can access it quickly.
The final version of the new Firefox browser for Android is going to be available for download later in this year.