Updates for the desktop version of the Firefox web browser and its mobile version for Android are released at the same time by Mozilla. While the latest desktop update is not offering anything spectacular, the same cannot be said for the Firefox Browser for Android. The update brings the version of the browser to 24.0.
The update is rolled out in stages, which means that you may not have it yet on your Android device. The check for updates button in the options may return nothing as well.
The only surefire way of installing Firefox 24 for Android is to go to Google Play and click on the install button on the Firefox page again.
Most new features in the release are not noticeable right away.
The new night mode for instance has been added to Reader, a custom module that removes most elements from websites so that you are left with the contents only. It offers a similar feature set as Tranquility or Evernote Clearly.
To access Reader Mode, tap on the reader icon in Firefox's address bar. This switches to the mode. The night mode feature becomes available after you tap on the Aa link in the bottom toolbar. Just select Dark here to switch the color scheme around.
Another new feature is the - better - integration of the share feature in Firefox. You can now tap on the menu icon of your phone or tablet to bring it up in the mobile browser's main menu.
Just tap on share here and all apps and options to share what you see right now become available.
NFC Sharing Support
If your phone supports NFC, you can now share websites with other phones or tablets that support it. The feature may be useful if you want to get a link over to your friend's or colleague's phone without having to send it another way or dictating it.
WebRTC comes to Firefox for Android
New language support
Firefox for Android is now available in Swedish, British (English) and Catalan. In addition to that, Braille support has been added as well.
The browser has received a couple of additional features and fixes. All security updates have been applied to it for instance. Chinese locals may have noticed that their default search engine has been switched over to Baidu.
Depending on how you use your phone or tablet, you may benefit from all or some of the new features. WebRTC support is definitely great, even though you may not run into that many applications or services on the Internet that make use of it. But that is likely going to change in the coming years.
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