Firefox for Android 16 brings Reader Mode, performance improvements and more


One of the world’s most popular browsers has gotten an upgrade in the Google Play Store. It’s the one with the orange fox-like critter — Firefox, to be exact — and today’s update brings it up to version 16.

There are a lot of new goods to be had, the biggest of which being “Reader Mode.” Reader Mode will put everything in an easy-to-read format that strips out the extra nonsense that most people tend not to need.

Other changes include using the Share button to send tabs to your other desktop and mobile browsers through Firefox Sync, the ability to block URLs which are designed to maliciously attack your phone, performance improvements through improved javascript garbage collection, and more.

Unfortuately Mozilla still hasn’t been able to get that file-size in check as it’s still a whopping 19MB, but Firefox for Android has come quite a long way and we imagine most aren’t really bothered by that. If you can spare the bandwidth then get on over to the Google Play Store for the download.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I don’t know, Chrome under ICS kicked every other browser a55 on my books. I used to be a Dolphin fan, but don’t use it any longer.

    1. To each their own. Chrome runs like crap on my Nexus S. Firefox is my champ. Scrolling and zooming are much smoother for me.

      1. chrome works just fine for me on my galaxy nexus, on my nexus chrome is the go to browser! :)

      2. Yeah, the Nexus S just doesn’t seem to have enough RAM for Chrome. It’s a shame. I’m still using the stock browser for now.

  2. hi

  3. Great timing, Just updated my sensation to 4.1.2 (thanks to bruce2728 and CM) and Chrome’s never worked right on this ROM for variously posted reasons so was looking for a new decent browser.
    Hope it’s better than the last time I tried it, but with Chrome out of the question, FF has an easier time impressing.

    1. Could give Maxthon a try

      1. Does it support tab syncing, cos I don’t see it listed as a feature?!
        That’s the main reason I’m switching to FF from Chrome.

        1. It does not from what I know but I would never use it any ways. I use firefox as my main desktop browser and maxthon plus maxthon for tablets as my main mobile browser. Maxthon on my weak Samsung Galaxy Prevail and Maxthon for tablets on my Nook Tablet running CM7. Firefox just doesnt work all that well on either my phone or my tablet and there are just issues with it on my tablet.

          1. Well, thanks for the heads up, if FF is still poor I’ll check it out, but I’ll likely switch back to Dolphin again til Chrome’s working properly on JB/AOSP (wherever the fault lies).

  4. I have had different Firefox versions alongside Dolphin and the stock Android browser (CM 7.2).
    I must say, that Firefox 16 is much more polished and better than all versions before that!
    I am impressed.

  5. This has been my default browser recently. Loving it.

  6. I switch between Dolphin and Firefox usually on my One X (Currently Dolphin as it just seems stable no matter what you are browsing). Will go give FF another go now to see what’s improved.

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