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Mozilla Firefox for Android

Free
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Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    48.0
  • Total Downloads:
    242,163
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 19, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,136
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #4 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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Mozilla Firefox for Android competes with many mobile Web browsers, chiefly Google Chrome, which is preinstalled on most Android devices, giving Chrome a much larger market share. That's unfortunate, because Firefox for Android has a number of interesting and unique features, such as support for add-ons, data syncing without a Google account, and the ability to integrate search engines that Chrome won't.

Pros

Firefox for Android supports add-ons (aka extensions): Firefox is the only major Android browser we've found that lets you install add-ons, although not all desktop Firefox add-ons are compatible. Admittedly, add-on support is not needed in some cases -- for example, you would use a password manager app rather than an extension. But say you want to download a Flash video over Wi-Fi and then watch it later , rather than streaming it over a 4G or 3G connection and eating into your monthly data cap. Chrome on Android won't let you do that. Chrome on Android also won't let you install the popular HTTPS Everywhere add-on, which attempts to force encrypted connections for increased privacy. And Chrome on Android doesn't do ad blockers.

Custom search engines: Most people will default to Google, and that's probably fine. But if you prefer DuckDuckGo for increased privacy, that's not an option in Chrome on Android. In Firefox, when you go to a website's search function, long-tapping in the search field opens up a menu featuring a magnifying glass with a + sign next to it. Tapping this button adds that site to your list of available default search engines in Firefox. DuckDuckGo is already on this list, so you don't need to add it manually. Unfortunately, you can't quickly swap from one search engine to another, as you can in the desktop version of Firefox, but it's progress.

Data syncing: Chrome users benefit from being able to sync their bookmarks, tabs, and navigation history across multiple devices. You can start on your phone and pick up where you left off on your laptop or tablet. But it turns out that Firefox also has syncing, and it's done independently from any Google service. Using it does mean creating another online account, but Firefox syncing can helpful for people who want to keep their work and leisure browsing separated. This is important not just for privacy, but also for accurately tailored search suggestions.

Cons

Clearing private data is all-or-nothing: If you want to erase your history, cookies, and browser cache, Chrome lets you choose several time frames: past hour, past day, past week, past four weeks, and "beginning of time." Firefox only has the last option. You can't just remove the stuff that happened recently. It's probably not a big deal for most users, but it's worth mentioning for those times when you need to correct your search suggestions (or erase some regrettable browsing history). Chrome also tells you how many megabytes of space its browser cache is taking up.

Add-on catalog doesn't filter out desktop-only add-ons: Mozilla's add-on catalog is easy enough to navigate, but we'd like the option to toggle the visibility of items that are compatible with the mobile version of Firefox. It's not an ideal user experience when you find an interesting-looking app but can't install it in the mobile browser.

Bottom Line

Firefox's support for add-ons on Android allows you to refine your browsing experience to something meaningfully better than the experience that Chrome -- or any other mobile browser that we've come across so far -- can provide on Android. The advantage is so distinctive that it's hard to make a case for Chrome as your default choice. This edge is softened by the Firefox add-on catalog listing items that aren't compatible with the mobile version of the Web browser, but fortunately the most popular ones usually work on both platforms. Since Firefox is completely free to use (as are its add-ons, though donations to the developers are welcomed), you can judge for yourself with minimal investment.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 16

5 stars

"New version rocks"

January 27, 2015  |  By LLI-JBS

2015-01-27 10:15:03  |  By LLI-JBS

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 32.0

Pros

- It's from Mozilla. (That means it values your privacy.)
- It's quite fast.
- Works on Android 2.3.x (unlike Chrome)
- It has many great features, such as Reader Mode, Guest Session and a Sync service that also allows syncing between desktop and mobile Firefox.
- New versions support Flash.
- Many extensions available.

Cons

There are still some problems.

Summary

P. S.: Don't read the reviews below that say Firefox doesn't support Flash and is slow. These reviews are 3 years old!

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5 stars

"The Truly *Free as in Freedom* Browser"

January 19, 2015  |  By Dear_Joshua

2015-01-19 14:53:08  |  By Dear_Joshua

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox 32.0

Pros

1. Compliant with free and open source standards (unlike chrome)
2. Beautiful and clear interface
3. Extremely customisable

Cons

All drawbacks are manageable.

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4 stars

"Its ok but ...."

February 26, 2014  |  By intellectuallymad

2014-02-26 05:02:32  |  By intellectuallymad

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 25.0

Pros

it works quite well and i browse through it but ....

Cons

but crahses like it often in anyother operating system !!

Summary

nothing, it is as good as anyother reliable app

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1 stars

"trainwreck"

September 24, 2013  |  By jdpeyton

2013-09-24 08:51:59  |  By jdpeyton

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 24

Pros

can use some Firefox extensions like Ad-block plus

Cons

I have a Nexus 7 (4.3). I have always used Firefox so installed it.
I wonder if a actual user beta tested this thing. It just gives a bad user experience. I expected a lot better. I uninstalled and
went back using Chrome.

Summary

I hope this doesn't portend the future for Firefox for windows

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2 stars

"Font size issues persist"

April 03, 2013  |  By pwgibbons

2013-04-03 08:24:09  |  By pwgibbons

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 19.0

Pros

Generally fast and easy to use

Cons

SOme blogs show font size problems (EG tiny links that are hard to finger without extreme zoom)

Summary

Sticking with Android broweser until this is resolved. Galaxy S2.

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3 stars

"Does not work well on some phones"

February 28, 2013  |  By spacerock27

2013-02-28 08:54:31  |  By spacerock27

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 19.0

Pros

About as fast as the one built in.
Addons like the ones for the desktop.

Cons

Weird issue with some Samsung Galaxy phones.

Summary

This app would be much better if it didn't render incorrectly when the orientation is changed.

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4 stars

"Why the Outdated User Reviews?"

December 05, 2012  |  By smelton

2012-12-05 07:02:26  |  By smelton

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 17.0

Pros

Now does Flash.

Cons

Still not as good as the desktop version. But what Android browser is?

Summary

Why does CNET continue to publish User Reviews for earlier versions of Firefox for Android? Many of the reviews here are not valid for Firefox 17.0, and may confuse readers seeing those reviews. The reviews here should only be for the product being discussed, not earlier versions of it.

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1 stars

"CRASHES phone"

August 19, 2012  |  By catchemall

2012-08-19 07:45:33  |  By catchemall

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 14.0.1

Pros

NONE on Mobile version ; Love desktop

Cons

Locked up phone twice had to pull battery to unlock phone.

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1 stars

"False Advertisement"

June 26, 2012  |  By iuhoopboy

2012-06-26 16:42:17  |  By iuhoopboy

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 10.0.5

Pros

Have no idea

Cons

IT DOESNT WORK ON ICS TABLETS!

Summary

They should say what is not compatible in the hype. Dont shoot fireworks off like its the best thing if it wont work on the newest devices?

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2 stars

"Disappointed"

October 10, 2011  |  By pbeckman--2008

2011-10-10 11:05:24  |  By pbeckman--2008

 |  Version: Mozilla Firefox for Android 7.0.1

Pros

Firefox is my fave browser.

Cons

No Flash?!?

Summary

Firefox loses a lot of its appeal because of the lack of Flash. I usually have better luck with websites with Firefox for my desktop, but am planning to uninstall from phone.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 48.0
  • Suggest "Add to home screen" for frequently used websites
  • Migrate reading list to bookmarks
  • Video controls get a new look
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date August 19, 2016
Date Added August 19, 2016
Version 48.0
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Android 4.0.3
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File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 242,163
Downloads Last Week 3,136
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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