Firefox v47 Beta hits Google Play, introduces new feature to help reduce data usage



Firefox has started pushing the latest update to its Beta app for Android. Now up to version 47, the mobile browser has started adding ways for users to save data while browsing the internet. Additionally, the browser will cease support for Gingerbread users in the next version. As for the rest of the changes:

  • New
    • Add ability to show system notification to highlight features on browser update
    • Add “Show/Hide web fonts” in advanced settings to reduce bandwidth and data
  • Changed
    • Show main domain (origin) or name of organization (EV certificate) in the URL bar (to prevent phishing attacks)
    • Stopped data usage when Firefox is in the background and a page uses meta refresh
    • “Open multiple links” setting under “Customize” has been renamed to “Tab Queue”
    • Notify Gingerbread Users that Firefox will no longer update after this release
    • Remove support for Android web runtime (WebRT)
    • Remove Favicons in Awesomebar to prevent HTTPS spoofing

These features aren’t game changing, but it’s always good to see developers finding ways to decrease their data footprint on mobile devices. Not everyone has unlimited data, so sometimes every megabyte counts.

Firefox Beta is free from the Google Play Store and the latest version is out now. Hit the link below and check it out. In the meantime, drop us a line and let us know what your favorite mobile browser is, even if you’re still rocking the tried-and-true Chrome browser.

Download on Google Play: Firefox Beta – Web Browser

[via Mozilla]


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