New Firefox For Android Beta Brings Guest Browsing & Better HTTPS Security

Mihir Patkar 24-09-2013

Just a few days ago, Mozilla unveiled Firefox 24 Firefox 24 Is Now Ready For You To Download Firefox has been updated for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Firefox 24 is not dramatically different for desktop users, but Firefox for Android has got the WebRTC support to talk about. Read More for desktop and Android, which brought the new “quickshare” feature and the ability to switch between day and night modes in Reader. Meanwhile, the beta version of Firefox For Android has gotten an update too, rolling out a few cool features.


The big new change is ‘Guest Browsing’, with which you can give your phone to a friend for them to browse the Web without being able to affect your data. In effect, it logs the user out of his or her FF session to protect history, bookmarks and tabs. The guest is then free to surf the Web. When done, they can end their session to delete all the browsing data from that, and the user’s original data is restored.

Mozilla has also beefed up the security with ‘Mixed Content Blocker’. When you are browsing a secure HTTPS page, this feature blocks any HTTP items from loading.


Firefox For Android Beta has some fantastic add-ons The 10 Best Firefox Add-Ons for Android One of the best aspects of Firefox on Android is its add-on support. Check out these essential Firefox add-ons for Android. Read More and it just got easier to use them. Developers can now add quick-action icons of their add-ons to the URL bar, so users can access them in one tap.

The update also has a new ‘Set Image As’ option for any image file you see, which lets you instantly assign any image to a contact or your phone’s wallpaper.


The settings menu has been redesigned to collapse similar elements under categories like Sync, Customize and Privacy.

Finally, the Remote Debugger now uses the same Firefox Developer Tools as on the desktop, making it easier to code for Android.

The Firefox For Android beta is a free download from the Play Store. What do you think of it?

Source: Mozilla blog

Related topics: Mozilla Firefox, Online Security.

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