Firefox Focus Browser Debuts On The Google Play Store
There are many web browsers available for Android, but all devices come with a least one pre-installed. Firefox have finally released the Firefox Focus browser for Android after introducing it for iOS a few months back. This browser is biased towards privacy. For the Android user wanting to keep their web browser history private, the Firefox Focus browser could be just the thing. Let’s take a look at why you might want a replacement browser on your device and the particular strengths of Firefox Focus.
For many people, the stock browser is good enough, especially if it is Google Chrome. There are times when it can feel compromised. Firefox Focus browser aims to fill a particular niche: it wants to keep user data private, and as a beneficial side effect, it uses less data and renders ad-heavy websites much quicker than many other browsers.
By default, the Firefox Focus browser blocks ads and trackers. The user interface is beautifully simplistic: there’s a single line to enter a search term or website URL and a menu button. At the bottom right of the screen there’s a simple button to delete the browser history – and that’s it. Firefox Focus also puts a “delete history” reminder in the notification tray, too. The Firefox Focus team have dispensed with most modern browser features including bookmarks and multiple tabs, but this keeps Firefox Focus simple, uncluttered and fast.
The Firebox Focus browser automatically runs in what the developers call “Stealth Mode.” This means that you cannot take screen images and the browser doesn’t show pages in your “recent apps” screen. Stealth Mode plus the tracking options are selectable to customise the experience.
How well does the Firefox Focus browser run? We tried the browser with a number of popular websites from around the world. There’s a handy tracker blocker counter showing, and a some of the popular news websites surprised us with the number of trackers in opening just a couple of pages – and how much quicker ad-heavy sites perform in the Firefox Focus browser compared with the Google Chrome browser.
As with all ad-blocking technologies, this is a double edged sword. Websites cost money to run, and free sites use advertising revenue to try to recoup the costs or make money. It’s a useful exercise to see how quickly a website loads in the Firefox Focus browser compared with the Google Chrome browser, and if you find a website sluggish and unresponsive using your normal browser, you might find it performs much better using Firefox Focus.