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Mozilla launches Firefox Rocket browser in Indonesia

First traces of a new web browser by Mozilla, makers of Firefox, appeared today on the company's official support website.

Firefox Rocket is the name of the new browser, and it is only available in Indonesia currently. The description on Mozilla's support web page reveals some information:

Firefox Rocket is a light but feature-packed browser that lets you save data and phone storage, capture and share content, and browse quickly even on slow connections.

The very same page highlights some of the features of the new browser:

  • Browse faster with Turbo Mode
  • Save data and speed up your browsing with Block images
  • Clear your cache / free up phone space
  • Capture web pages with Screenshots

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Some of these features are also available in other Firefox versions while others are exclusive to Firefox Rocket for now.

Turbo Mode sounds a lot like Opera Turbo on first glance. Firefox Rocket Turbo Mode hides third-party content such as advertisement on web pages visited in the browser. It is unclear at this point in time whether Turbo Mode is a content blocker that is built-in to Firefox Rocket, or if it is a solution like Opera Turbo which uses a proxy to block and compress content before it is transferred to the user's device.

Another feature that is not part of other versions of Firefox by default is the option to block images from being loaded. Firefox Rocket is not the first browser to offer that feature though; Vivaldi and Opera support a similar feature for instance natively.

The third feature of Firefox Rocket that Mozilla highlights is the option to clear the browser cache without clearing the browsing history, form history or login sessions.

Finally, Screenshots is also available in Firefox Rocket. Mozilla launched Screenshots recently for Firefox on the desktop.

Mozilla makes no mention of the systems that Firefox Rocket is available for. It is likely that Firefox Rocket is available for Android, and not for the desktop. We don't know as well whether it is based on Firefox code, or something else.

If you are from Indonesia let us know if you had a chance to play with Firefox Rocket already.

Closing Words

It is quite unclear to me right now why Mozilla launched Firefox Rocket, a new web browser, and not implemented the functionality in Firefox Mobile or Firefox Focus instead.

I will update the article when new information comes to light.

Now You: What's your take on this new browser?

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Mozilla launches Firefox Rocket browser in Indonesia
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Mozilla launches Firefox Rocket browser in Indonesia
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Firefox Rocket is the name of the new web browser by Mozilla, makers of the Firefox web browser, and it is only available in Indonesia currently.
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    Comments

    1. Curtis K said on October 2, 2017 at 9:22 am
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      The introduction don’t make sense: First traces of a new web browser my Mozilla, makers of Firefox, appeared today on the company’s official support website.

      Replace my to by

    2. [email protected] said on October 2, 2017 at 9:33 am
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      This may have been more appropriate for north korea…I’ll get my coat

    3. someone said on October 2, 2017 at 10:35 am
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      Sounds like Firefox Focus. What is the point of different branding?

      1. Abe said on October 2, 2017 at 10:40 am
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        Every single GHacks commenter seems to be really, really narrow-minded…

        1. someone said on October 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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          lol narrow minded?! are you sure that’s what you meant?
          “every single commenter” but except you, because you are better, right?

    4. Joseph said on October 2, 2017 at 10:42 am
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      OFFTOPIC: I still don’t understand why do you have your firefox looking as chrome…

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 11:19 am
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        This is Chrome.

        1. Šime Vidas said on October 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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          This threw me off as well. The article is about a new browser, so I assumed the screenshot shows that new browser. For a few moments, I thought Mozilla released a Chromium-based desktop browser 😅

        2. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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          Sorry for the confusion, I assume the new browser is mobile only.

        3. Anonymous said on October 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm
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          Yes it seem mobile only. See it listed here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/send-usage-data-firefox-mobile-devices

          On a mobile-only page along with Firefox for Android, for iOS and Firefox Focus. It’s possible that Rocket is an equivalent of Focus but for Android, i.e. something that starts really instantaneously because it uses Android components that are already loaded by Android, and can send pages to more full fledged browsers like Firefox. In that case, it wouldn’t be based on Gecko, since obviously Gecko isn’t an Android component.

          Just guesses.

    5. Sunny said on October 2, 2017 at 11:40 am
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      Hi, Martin
      can you download this browser with vpn or proxy and share it?
      thanks.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 11:48 am
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        I don’t think I have access to an Indonesian VPN, need to check.

        1. Sören Hentzschel said on October 2, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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          No VPN needed. You can download the source code from the repository and open the app with Android Studio (or whatever you use). If you need more information you know how to contact me. ;)

          By the way, I don’t think it’s a “finished product”, the description of the GitHub repository is “Emerging Market Experiment”.

    6. akg said on October 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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      i can’t think of why they published only for Indonesia while focus is still available for all countries

    7. t said on October 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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      [url] removed

      Looks like they stole you article word for word.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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        Thanks, yeah scraping still appears to be a lucrative business unfortunately.

        1. t said on October 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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          Sorry did not want to post the URL but wanted to let you know. Scrapers ruin the www

        2. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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          Thanks for posting, I appreciate this. Just removed the url because I did not want any link juice flowing to the site. Thanks again!

        3. T J said on October 2, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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          Martin, at least your name and the ghacks site name was not removed from the stolen article. :)

          Did you spot the errors ?
          You wrote:
          Now You: What’s your take on this new browser?

          They wrote:
          Now You: What’s your tackle this new browser?

          LOL

        4. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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          Scrapers usually replace words with similar words in order to make the article unique so that search engines index it :)

    8. TelV said on October 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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      If it’s only available in Indonesia, why is it written in English?

      As for Rocket being a mobile browser, Firefox’s share of the Indonesian browser market is a big fat zero according to GS Statcounter so it would seem an odd choice of country to launch in: http://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share/mobile/indonesia

    9. ams said on October 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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      Many mozilla interns have, after rising through the ranks… proposed and received funding to work on a pet project. They utilize the userbase to experiment / test / hone the project, then “spin off” the functionaliy into a separate (freemium, commercial) product. An example: “Pocket” (aka “getpocket”)

    10. CHEF-KOCH said on October 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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      Mozilla now want o changes everything, they rename Firefox to “Firefox Quantum” and think that changes something. Mozilla made the wrong decisions long time ago and now to change some names and adopt features from other browsers doesn’t gain any new users. Instead the should focus more on their main programs and stop wasting resources on useless things.

      It’s dead JIM! ;oP

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 2, 2017 at 9:21 pm
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        I think they just renamed the release Firefox Quantum :)

    11. jonneh said on October 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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      it is for Android? i’m from Indonesia and until i write this post, i can’t find firefox rocket at Playstore

    12. KNTRO said on October 5, 2017 at 4:40 am
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      Isn’t it Firefox Focus / Firefox Klar just renamed? 🤔

    13. Joao Kho said on October 11, 2017 at 8:17 am
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      Just try it, and love it, blazing fast. But i think Indonesia need browser with bookmark (sync). blocking need to improve by the way, still little bit lack than opera mini. Because currently Indonesia is promote healthy internet, so i need maybe mozilla need to add feature (internal vpn/proxy) that work like opera mini.

    14. Maza Sujanto said on October 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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      well im from indonesia as for now in 11-10-2017 this app still in beta and show warning that it is (unreleased), after trying a few web i’m confirm that this browser do not use proxy like opera mini, it is just lightweight browser for maybe under powered phone that many indonesian had, im using s7 edge btw and it not suit me well imo, just another lightweight browser with no special feature also.

    15. Amelia said on November 1, 2017 at 1:54 am
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      I’m from Indonesia and I’ve tried this browser.. Well it’s just like Firefox Focus with a better UI(just my opinion) and it doesn’t compress the web page like Opera Mini which is kinda sad 😥

    16. Hey said on November 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm
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      Im from somewhere and i got the apk file so far it works nice on low end
      x86 tablet actually is the most fast new browser i have on my device only
      faster is the opera x86 from 2 years ago version and that says allot

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