Mozilla extends add-ons support in new Firefox for Android browser
Mozilla released a new version of Firefox Preview for Android that introduces support for five additional add-ons in the application.
Firefox Preview is the name of the next mobile browser for Android that Mozilla develops currently. The organization started to replace development versions of Firefox for Android, notable Nightly and Beta, with Firefox Preview versions already and plans to migrate Firefox Stable for Android to the new Firefox version.
It was not clear from the very beginning whether the next version of Firefox for Android would support extensions; Mozilla decided that the browser would get extension support and started to integrate the WebExtensions system into the browser.
Mozilla included uBlock Origin support in Firefox Preview 4.0 that it released last month. The very latest Firefox Preview Nightly edition supports five additional extensions that users may install directly from within the browser.
All it takes is to open Menu > Settings > Addons to get a list of supported extensions and options to install those.
Extensions are listed with their name, icon, a short description and rating. A tap on the plus icon starts the installation process. Permissions that the extension requests are displayed in a prompt and another tap on "add" installs the extension in the mobile browser.
The following five extensions are now supported:
- HTTPS Everywhere
- Privacy Badger
- Dark Reader
- Search by Image
All five of the extensions are in Mozilla's Recommended Extensions program These extensions are reviewed manually by Mozilla and need to provide excellent functionality and regular updates.
The five extensions fall into two categories: privacy (and security), and usability. Dark Reader allows users to change the design of any website to a dark theme, Search by Image to run reverse image searches using the browser and various search engines that support it.
Mozilla plans to integrate full support for browser extensions eventually in the new Firefox for Android.
Extension support is one of the main distinguishing factors of the browser when compared to Google Chrome.
It will take some time before full extensions support lands in Firefox development versions and in Firefox Stable. The inclusion of popular extensions in the meantime is a step in the right direction, especially since Mozilla picked some of the most popular browser extensions for initial inclusion.
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