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Mozilla will abandon Firefox for Android to bet on Firefox Fenix, its new browser still in development

27 mayo, 2021

Firefox is, along with Chrome, Opera or Brave, one of the most popular browsers for Android. Mozilla has made an effort to offer different alternatives to users, to the point that it has several versions on Google Play, namely Firefox, Firefox Focus, Firefox Lite, to which we must add one more that is still under development: Firefox Fenix, which by the way, will be your main bet from 2020.

Mozilla has published their roadmap for Firefox and as we can read in the document, there will be no Firefox 69 for Android. From September, Firefox will switch to the ESR channel (a version with extended support in which no news is added, but bugs are corrected) to, without an exact date, be abandoned when the stable version of Fenix ​​is ​​officially released. This, they point out from Genbeta, “is expected before mid-2020”.

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A simpler browser, although still to come

Firefo Fenix This is what Firefox Fenix ​​looks like on an Android mobile.

The idea of ​​passing Firefox to the ESR channel, they collect in the document, is “to offer users a version legacy secure and supported by Firefox for Android until Fenix ​​is ​​ready for migration, while minimizing our ongoing support costs. ” key dates, therefore, they will be the following:

  • May 14, 2019: Firefox 67 for Android is released.
  • July 9, 2019: Firefox 68 for Android is released.
  • September 3, 2019 – Firefox 68.1 for Android is released and the ESR channel is switched.
  • October 22, 2019: Firefox 68.2 released for Android.
  • December 10, 2019: Firefox 68.3 released for Android.

In 2020 and without an exact date foreseen, Firefox will stop receiving support and will be abandoned, so that users will stay at the doors of Firefox 69 and will have to opt for Firefox Fenix ​​(or one of the alternatives that are currently available, such as Firefox Focus, if they continue to be maintained).

The ESR version of Firefox will be updated with bug fixes, but will not have any news at the technology level

Firefox Fenix ​​is ​​a simpler browser, compatible with dark theme and cross-platform synchronization, among other things. Can download now in APK format on any Android device, so if you are a Firefox user and want to see what the future of the browser is, take a look. It weighs in at 65MB, so memory shouldn’t be a problem.

Firefox Fenix

Firefox Fenix

  • Developer: Mozilla
  • Price: Free
  • Download it at: APK Mirror

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