Mozilla is engaged on a new cell browser for Android. Firefox Preview, that’s the present title of the browser to tell apart it from the soon-to-be-replaced Firefox for Android, was launched to Google Play in mid-2019.
The browser will substitute the present steady model of Firefox for Android finally; customers of that model could have seen that it was moved to the ESR department already to unencumber sources for Firefox Preview improvement.
Several options of Firefox Preview weren’t set in stone when Mozilla started improvement of the cell browser for Android. One of those options, support for browser extensions, was a type of options.
The elimination of the characteristic would lower one of many distinguishing options of the online browser as most Android browsers do not support browser extensions. There was additionally the chance that the choice to disregard extensions would have irritated present customers who use extensions within the present model of the browser.
Mozilla announced on October 23, 2019 that Firefox Preview will support extensions. The browser, which is predicated on the new GeckoView engine, will support WebExtensions identical to Desktop variations of the Firefox net browser do.
We’re completely happy to verify that GeckoView is at the moment constructing support for extensions via the WebExtensions API. This characteristic will be accessible in Firefox Preview, and we’re trying ahead to providing an ideal expertise for each cell customers and builders.
Support for extension APIs will not match the present stage of support within the traditional model of Firefox for Android. Mozilla plans to focus its efforts on introducing support for APIs that extensions of the recommended extensions program require to perform, and right here particularly on APIs for extensions that “work properly on cell and canopy quite a lot of utilities and options”.
Popular browser extensions similar to uBlock Origin, NoScript Security Suite, LastPass Password Manager, Enhancer for YouTube, or Firefox Multi-Account Containers are all really helpful extensions. Whether all of those will be absolutely supported when Firefox Preview will be launched as a remaining model stays to be seen.
Mozilla expects to introduce official support for extensions in Firefox Preview within the first half of 2020.
Android customers desirous about Firefox Preview could obtain the current model from Google Play. The cell browser could be put in subsequent to Firefox for Android.
Extensions support is a crucial characteristic of Firefox for Android and it’s good to see that Mozilla will implement support for — some — APIs within the upcoming model of Firefox as properly. The preliminary launch will support just some APIs and never all that Firefox for Android or the desktop variations of Firefox support.
While that’s disappointing because it signifies that a lot of extensions will not work in Firefox Preview, it’s definitely higher than not supporting extensions in any respect. It stays to be seen which extensions will be supported in the end by the new cell browser.
Now You: Which extensions would you wish to see supported?